The New York Times: Female Candidates Calibrate Politics With Support for Kavanaugh Accusers

09/27/2018

The fight over control of the House of Representatives runs through suburban battlegrounds, where Democrats and Republicans both believe they need to win the votes of college-educated white women, particularly independents who voted for President Trump in 2016. Those women are more inclined than most voters to say that Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh should not be confirmed for a seat on the United States Supreme Court following decades-old allegations of sexual assault against him.

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Several candidates, including those running in swing districts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, stood on stage at an event Monday for Emily’s List, the Democratic fund-raising group, wearing black in solidarity with victims of sexual assault and holding signs saying “I Believe Christine Blasey Ford.” Others embraced the #BelieveWomen hashtag on Twitter.

Still, most said they are waiting and watching to see how Dr. Blasey is treated when she appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, and whether it becomes a repeat of Anita Hill, who met skepticism and shame when she accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment as the Senate considered his Supreme Court nomination 27 years ago.

“The country is watching as those in Washington react to sexual assault allegations,” Susan Wild, a Democrat who is running in a tossup district in Pennsylvania, said in a statement. She called Dr. Blasey “incredibly courageous to have come forward with her story in the midst of a heated and politicized Supreme Court nomination battle.”

“We must assure our next generations that sexual misconduct will not be tolerated in any circumstance, that all victims will be heard, and that their allegations will not be taken lightly,” Ms. Wild said.

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