Massachusetts candidate Pressley says she’s working to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation

Democratic House candidate, Ayanna Pressley, says she isn’t waiting to be elected to Congress to try to stop President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE’s pick, Brett Kavanaugh, from being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I’m not waiting until I get to Congress: Stopping Brett Kavanaugh is number one on the agenda,” Pressley told Hill.TV contributor Jamal Simmons during an interview that aired on Tuesday.

Pressley told Hill.TV that she has organized a coalition with activists at her campaign headquarters, and held a phone bank to lobby senators.

“I will be possibly lobbying while I’m here on the Hill, being in the resistance with community members,” she said.

Pressley is currently serving as Boston city councilor.

In September, the fifth-term Boston councilwoman unseated 10-term incumbent Michael CapuanoMichael (Mike) Everett CapuanoMassachusetts New Members 2019 House lawmakers introduce bill to end US support in Yemen civil war Blue wave poses governing risks for Dems MORE (D-Mass.), and won the Democratic nomination to represent one of the most left-leaning districts in the country.

Since Pressley doesn’t face a Republican challenger in November, she is all but confirmed to represent Massachusetts’ Seventh Congressional District.

The Democratic congresswoman was the first woman of color elected to the Boston city council, and is now poised to become the first African American woman heading to Congress in the state of Massachusetts.

The prospects of Kavanaugh’s confirmation process took a turn over the weekend after accuser California professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward on Sunday and detailed allegations that she been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh while the two were in high school.

Following mounting pressure from members of his own party, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe Year Ahead: Tough tests loom for Trump trade agenda Senate heads toward floor fight on criminal justice bill Top security officials issue stark warning of Chinese espionage efforts MORE (R-Iowa) delayed the confirmation vote.

Kavanaugh and Ford are expected to testify publicly before the Judiciary panel on Monday.

Following the news, Pressley issued a statement, saying, “I believe Christine Blasey Ford,” and that she has “tremendous respect for her decision.”

“To all the survivors watching this unfold, I see you and I believe you.”

— Tess Bonn