Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Janet Garrett said in an interview that aired Tuesday on “Rising” that the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are a major step back for women.
“I think with the Me Too movement going on it’s really wonderful to see that women are finally being listened to, but I feel like we’ve taken a huge step backward with the Kavanaugh thing because people like my opponent [Rep.] Jim Jordan [R-Oh.] just say he’s innocent, even though he wasn’t there, he didn’t know what happened,” Garrett told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”
“He’s just ready to dismiss the women’s viewpoint out of hand, and to me that is despicable,” she continued.
Garret also called for an investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
“They need to have a full investigation. Anytime there is an allegation of abuse what we have to have is a full and thorough investigation that is not partisan,” she said.
Her comments come as Kavanaugh faces two sexual assault allegations during his Senate confirmation process.
Kavanaugh has denied both of the allegations.
Garrett went on to talk about her experience being assaulted in an abusive marriage, and how she has used to help other abuse victims.
“I haven’t really talked about this experience in my campaign because I felt like it wasn’t part of my political agenda, but you know, seeing all of the women who are in abusive relationships, and are finally starting to be listened to, I thought that it was time for me to come forward and say what happened to me, and say to women, ‘there is life after abuse,'” she said.
“Women need to be listened to. We can’t just dismiss somebody’s story just because he’s on your team,” she added.
Ball’s PAC, the People’s House Project, is set to endorse Garrett this week.
Garrett’s interview was part of Hill.TV’s “Contenders” series ahead of November’s midterm elections.
— Julia Manchester