Dem super PAC won’t back Bredesen after his backing of Kavanaugh

Dem super PAC won’t back Bredesen after his backing of Kavanaugh
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A major Democratic super PAC says it won’t spend resources to boost the Senate campaign of former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) amid his announcement that he supports Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Priorities USA Action said it won’t back Democrats who vote or support Kavanaugh, whose nomination was in turmoil amid allegations of sexual assault. Priorities hadn’t spent any money to help Bredesen and will now forgo that possibility in the remaining weeks before the midterms.

“We haven't been spending there and any option to is now off the table,” Priorities spokesman Josh Schwerin told The Hill.

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The Daily Beast first reported Priorities’s stance on the Tennessee Senate race.

Bredesen announced on Friday that he supports the confirmation of Kavanaugh, while also condemning the treatment of Christine Blasey Ford, who testified late last month that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, which he has vehemently denied.

“While the subsequent events make it a much closer call, and I am missing key pieces of information that a sitting Senator has, I’m still a ‘yes,’” Bredesen said in a Friday statement.

Bredesen faces a tough challenge against Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTrump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies Dem lawmaker invites Parkland survivor to attend State of the Union Bipartisan senators press Trump for strategy to protect Syrian Kurds MORE (R-Tenn.) in a battle to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy MORE (R-Tenn.). President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE carried Tennessee by double digits in 2016. Polls have shown a tight race with Bredesen up in many, but that gap has started to close weeks out from the midterm elections.

Throughout his Senate campaign, Bredesen has kept his distance from the national party, arguing that he’ll be an independent voice for Tennesseans and work across the aisle. He recently announced at a Senate debate that he wouldn’t support Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall MORE (D-N.Y.) as the Senate Democratic leader.  

While Priorities won’t spend on behalf of the Tennessee Democrat, Bredesen has already gotten major help from other Democratic outside groups that have spent millions to elevate him, including Senate Majority PAC (SMP) and Majority Forward.

Priorities said it would also forgo spending on Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate Senate poised to confirm Trump’s attorney general pick MORE’s (D-W.Va.) race if he votes for Kavanaugh in a final vote Saturday.

Manchin voted to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination in a key procedural vote on Friday, though he hasn’t announced where he stands on the final vote.

Manchin is up for reelection in a state that voted for Trump by more than 40 points. He's running against West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), though polls show Manchin comfortably ahead.

While Priorities is stepping away, SMP told the Washington Examiner on Friday that they’ll continue to support both Bredesen and Manchin’s Senate bids.

"Senate Majority PAC supports Phil Bredesen and Joe Manchin. They are the only candidates with an independent record of getting results for Tennessee and West Virginia," SMP spokesman Chris Hayden told the Examiner. "They're both winning these races because of their record."