30+ Democrat Women Pen Letter to Kemp, Call for Him to Denounce Kavanaugh

A group of Democrat women in the Georgia political arena are wrangling a national issue into the Georgia governor’s race.

The women are calling on Secretary of State and Republican candidate for Governor Brian Kemp to “rescind his support for Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.” In early August, Kemp penned a letter in his official capacity as Secretary of State, urging for confirmantion of Kavanaugh. You can read his letter here.

The letter, which is signed by a number of elected officials and activists, was sent Tuesday and later distributed by the Democratic Party of Georgia as a press release. The full letter to Kemp is below.

Mr. Kemp:

Last month, you submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, and in that letter you said Kavanaugh had a “clear understanding of the proper role of a judge” and “all of the personal qualities that we must demand from our Supreme Court justices.”

Recent developments have shown that your praise of Judge Kavanaugh could not be further from the truth.

Not only would Judge Kavanaugh pose a direct threat to Georgia women’s ability to make their own health decisions, he would also follow your lead in allowing insurance companies to deny guaranteed coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

Most importantly, your unwavering support for Judge Kavanaugh’s character was misguided given the credible information brought forth by multiple women and the need for every woman to be heard.

Amid “what all is going on in Washington,” as you put it, your own failure to support Georgia women and your unwillingness to stop sexual assault in Georgia cannot be ignored.

Therefore, we, the undersigned, call on you to immediately retract your support of Judge Kavanaugh.

Tonya Anderson, State Senator
Kenyette Tisha Barnes, Women’s Rights Activist
Debra Bazemore, State Representative
Simone Bell, Former State Representative
Gloria Butler, State Senator
Doreen Carter, State Representative
Perri Chandler, Community Organizer
Toney Chandler, Former Fulton County Public School Counselor
Edith Dee Cofrin, Board of Director, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Gail Davenport, State Senator
Stephanie Davis, Former Executive Director, Georgia Women for a Change
Rebecca DeHart, Executive Director, Democratic Party of Georgia
Karla Drenner, State Representative
Gloria Frazier, State Representative
Shannon Gaggero, Community Organizer
Michele Henson, State Representative
Carolyn Hugley, House Minority Whip
Donzella James, State Senator
Bianca Keaton, Director of Women’s Outreach, Democratic Party of Georgia
Wanda Mosely, Member, Black Votes Matter
Bee Nguyen, State Representative
Mary Margaret Oliver, State Representative
Sandra Scott, State Representative
Renitta Shannon, State Representative
Erica Thomas, State Representative
Nachelle Thomas, Gwinnett Democratic Women 1st Vice President
Cathy Willis Spraetz, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Partnership Against Domestic Violence
Vanessa Toro, Women’s Rights Activist
Keisha Waites, State Representative
Adrienne White, Red Clay Democrats Chair
Nikema Williams, State Senator and 1st Vice Chair, Democratic Party of Georgia

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Bully Pulpit
Bully Pulpit

Shouldn’t they let this play out first? It seems these accusations aren’t exactly the homerun the Dems were looking for.

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

If the claims were going to be investigated as part of a background check, then we could let it play out. Short of that, I think there are probably other candidates out there.

Bully Pulpit
Bully Pulpit

So someone isn’t qualified after an allegation? Even if it’s not true? While it may be proven to be true, it seems this letter is premature. Not surprised, but premature regardless.

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

There are multiple allegations and, judging from his yearbook entry, they are at least plausible. Again, we can investigate the allegations and wait for their outcome, but the senate and the White House have made it clear they don’t want to do that. Given that there is no neutral fact finding happening, we should err on the side of decency. He may be qualified, but there are probably better candidates out there. These allegations would hang over every decision he writes.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

And anybody expected a bunch of Democrats to say anything else but the party line??

Benevolus
Benevolus

If by ‘party line’ you mean treating accusations of assault seriously, well then, yeah. We’ll own that.

Raleigh
Raleigh

That is a joke, Right? You selectively take accusations of assault seriously. So own that one.

Benevolus
Benevolus

The Senate committee apparently is willing to accept Mark Judge’s (not under oath) statement of support without any evidence or corroboration, but the first known accuser is asked to testify under oath and provide corroboration. The other accusers are just being dismissed outright.
How can they accept the statement of support but not accept the statements of accusation? Either they accept all the statements or they get everybody in there to testify. It should be the same standard for all potential witnesses or implicated parties.
So who is being selective?

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

Just nominate Hardiman and lets move on with our lives. He’s a right-leaning Bush appointee but a pretty close like-for-like to Kennedy. I get that McConnell wanted Scalia to be replaced by someone on the right (Gorsuch) and not the center (Garland), but wouldn’t a less controversial, non-DC frat boy be just as acceptable?

Just This
Just This

Democratic is the adjective you’re looking for. Not Democrat. It really undermines your credibility from the start when you reveal that you’re willing to twist the simple rules of language while making an argument. It makes the reader question your judgement. What other mental and logical contortions will the substance of your views have gone through in order to be pressed shape you want?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Heck no. You cant do it. Don’t reward dishonest antics like this. All anyone has to do now is accuse any nominee of rape 36 years ago right out of thin air, no evidence no nothing and ruin his life and have no way to clear it. No innocence until proven guilty. No repercussions. It heads to the gutter. It already has. Another foundation ruined by the left. Let the left move to Venezuela where they can find folks they agree with. Don’t let them get away with it…again.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

“dishonest antics like this…” Merrick Garland would like a word with you….

Noway2016
Noway2016

Good old reliable Lib, Jack. Jack, Garland fell victim to the Biden Rule. Nothing dishonest at all. Get over it.

Benevolus
Benevolus

No.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

“Good old reliable Lib” suggesting that Thomas Hardiman be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The best you can hope for is to be called a RINO. Get used to it, whether you consider yourself a Republican or not.

Noway2016
Noway2016

And just to be clear: this will apply to Trump, too, if an opening occurs in 2020. The next elected prez makes that appointment.

Benevolus
Benevolus

It’s not rape, and Kavanaugh’s life won’t be ruined. He goes back to his regular job as a federal judge. As you have been told numerous times already, this isn’t a trial, it’s a job interview.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Biden. Did anyone make up stuff to destroy him?

Benevolus
Benevolus

Let’s just parse this question.
1. ‘Anyone’. Well, yes, people probably have made up stuff about Biden during his career.
2. ‘Make up’. Who is making stuff up? Classic straw man- you already assume the story about Kav is made up and go from there.
3. ‘stuff’. This isn’t just stuff. It’s assault.
4. ‘destroy him’. This won’t destroy him.
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So everything about this question is a fantasy.
Here, let me put some nice Andy Griffith Show on the screen for you. You just sit back and relax.
https://youtu.be/MPMbo-WyiEM

bethebalance
bethebalance

Put on Matlock!

Caroline
Caroline

Kemp woudl be wise at this point to denounce Kavanaugh unless the GOP pulls him and that ends the discussion.