NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn says sexual misconduct accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from high school are a “delay tactic,” saying his female accuser should testify under oath and a committee vote shouldn’t be delayed.
The congresswoman’s opponent, Democrat ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen, also weighed in Monday, tweeting that Christine Blasey Ford “should be heard.” He said that if senators aren’t carefully and thoroughly considering Supreme Court nominees, then he doesn’t know what they think their job is.
Blackburn says Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has had Ford’s letter since July, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants Democrats to delay on Kavanaugh in an “11th hour smear” attempt.
Bredesen said last week he needs more research time before taking a yes-or-no position on Kavanaugh. Blackburn has supported Kavanaugh.
Both Kavanaugh and Ford are scheduled to appear before a Senate committee to address accusations that he sexually assaulted her in the 1980s.