(Sept. 11) – Speaker Crisanta Duran and Majority Leader KC Becker applauded U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s recent announcement that he will vote “no” on President Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

In July, Duran and Becker urged Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Bennet to oppose the nomination. Unfortunately, Senator Gardner has shown support for Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“Senator Bennet has heard the voices of Coloradans who understand that reproductive rights, workers’ rights, civil rights and free and fair elections all hang in the balance with Trump’s nomination to the highest court in the land,” said Speaker Duran, D-Denver. “Coloradans deserve a Supreme Court justice who will uphold the law while protecting our fundamental rights and liberties. Kavanaugh is not that justice.”

The confirmation process has been marred by incomplete and insufficient document releases, and what has been released has been troubling. In an email sent by Judge Kavanaugh while he working in the George W. Bush White House, Kavanaugh stated: “I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so.”

“Judge Kavanaugh was handpicked by special interests and the well connected to help carry out an agenda that could harm the air we breathe and the water we drink, and which puts Roe v. Wade in jeopardy,” said Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder. “I thank Senator Bennet for standing against this nominee. Senator Gardner, do not ignore Coloradans who are urging you to oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.”

In June, Speaker Duran, Majority Leader Becker and Minority Leader Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo urged US Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to try to postpone a Senate vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to succeed the retiring Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court until at least January 2019, after the November elections. 

The letter quotes Sen. Gardner as saying in 2016, “Our next election is too soon and the stakes are too high. The American people deserve a role in this process as the next Supreme Court Justice will influence the direction of this country for years to come.”

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