On Wednesday evening the moderate Democratic senator from Missouri Claire McCaskill announced she will vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
In the statement where her decision was announced McCaskill said this choice was not influenced by the sexual assault allegation leveled against Kavanaugh by professor Christine Blasey Ford, but rather because “He has revealed his bias against limits on campaign donations which places him completely out of the mainstream of this nation…. Judge Kavanaugh will give free reign to anonymous donors and foreign governments through their citizens to spend money to interfere and influence our elections with so-called ‘issue ads.’” The full statement is below
McCaskill is currently running a close reelection campaign against Republican senate candidate Josh Hawley who has said that he would hypothetically vote for Kavanaugh, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Hawley also pointed out in his response that McCaskill has voted with the Democrats in the previous five Supreme Court nominations to come up during her 12 years in the Senate.