By Pat Kessler

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans were sharply divided over Brett Kavanaugh even before a sexual assault allegation.

And now, the courtroom drama developing in the Kavanaugh case in Washington is generating political responses back home — especially in the U.S. Senate race.

Democratic Sen. Tina Smith, who previously said she’ll vote against Kavanaugh, calls the allegations “very serious.” On Twitter, Smith called for a “full and thorough investigation before anything else can happen with this nomination.”

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley supports open hearings with Kavanaugh’s accuser. She calls Tina Smith “hypocritical” for supporting Kavanaugh’s allegation, but not into abuse allegations against DFL Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison.

“If it is a Republican who has an allegation against him, they are automatically guilty without having any hearings or having the accuser come forward,” Housley said. “Yet, if it is a Democrat who is accused, they stand by them and they believe them.”

Minnesotans remain deeply divided over the Kavanaugh confirmation.

A Star Tribune/MPR poll found 40 percent oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Thirty-nine percent say Kavanaugh should be confirmed.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of four female Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee. She is also calling for an investigation and testimony from Kavanaugh’s accuser.

 

Pat Kessler

Comments (16)
  1. Who is being hypocritical about sexual allegations? Karin Housley or Tina Smith? It’s easy for Housley to point to accusations against Keith Ellison being ignored, but what about the sexual misconduct allegations that have been made against republican Donald Trump by at least 19 women? I have yet to hear a single republican call for an investigation into allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against him. In the interest of fairness and transparency, please Ms. Housley, be the first republican to make that suggestion.