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GOP Humiliated as Friend from Pro-Kavanaugh TV Ads Asks to Be Removed from Letter Supporting the Judge

The woman who has "been friends with Brett Kavanaugh for 35 years" no longer wants to be part of the campaign to save his Supreme Court nomination.

Photo Credit: Judicial Crisis Network

As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh becomes increasingly imperilled by multiple sexual assault allegations, right-wing dark money groups have gone to bat to try to stem public opposition. One group, Judicial Crisis Network, took out a $1.5 million ad buy last week featuring Louisa Garry, a woman who has known Kavanaugh for 35 years.

"I never thought about doing a TV commercial," Garry says in the ad. "I'm not involved in politics. I'm a teacher. I'm a coach. I believe that we need to have bright, curious, open-minded, thoughtful, empathetic people who are judges, and I trust that Brett is that person. He's dedicated to his work, he's dedicated to his family, he's of the highest integrity as a person and I believe that he would be a great Supreme Court justice."

But it seems as though Garry is no longer willing to stand by this glowing endorsement.

Following the publication of Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer's story in The New Yorker about Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale who alleges he exposed himself to her at an undergraduate party, Garry asked to be removed from a letter of support for the judge.

"I never saw or heard anything like this," Garry told The New Yorker. "But I cannot dispute Ramirez's allegations, as I was not present."

Ramirez was the second woman to come forward, after California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge pulled her into a room and tried to assault her at a suburban house party when she was 15. Ford is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Kavanaugh has resolutely refused to step aside, and on Monday, he and his wife he sat for an interview with Fox News' Martha MacCallum.

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Matthew Chapman is a video game designer, science fiction author, and political reporter from Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter @fawfulfan.