Kavanaugh confirmation controversy spilling into House races, and Republicans are worried
Added 09-27-18 11:23:01am EST - “House Republicans were scrambling on the eve of a high stakes hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee as the chaos engulfing Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court threatened to spill over and complicate efforts to salvage…” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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House Republicans were scrambling on the eve of a high stakes hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee as the chaos engulfing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court threatened to spill over and complicate efforts to salvage their vulnerable majority.
The cascade of sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh from decades ago and President Trump’s aggressive defense of the federal appellate judge he nominated for the bench have consumed the news and captivated the nation, drowning out House Republicans laboring to survive the brewing Democratic storm by running on a growing economy and booming jobs market.
Unfolding weeks before critical midterm elections, the Senate confirmation process was poised to drive a deeper wedge between House Republicans and female voters in key suburban battlegrounds. Fresh public opinion polls showed doubts about Kavanaugh on the rise, a headache for Republicans possibly made worse by Trump’s suggestions that the alleged victims are lying.
“It’s very unhelpful. The noise never ends. It’s almost like we refuse to talk about the economy,” a Washington-based Republican strategist intimately involved in the party’s campaign to defend its 23-seat House majority said.
“Living in the suburbs, I don’t know a woman that doesn’t have a story of an attempted sexual assault, groping, something that made them feel uncomfortable or threatened,” added a Republican operative in the Midwest.
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