Some GOP governors call for delay of Kavanaugh vote pending investigation

Multiple Republican governors called on the Senate to delay its confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to allow for an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him. 

The governors of Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio and Vermont, who all serve in blue or swing states, called for the delay Wednesday or Thursday, according to The Associated Press

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While the governors do not have a direct role in the confirmation process, their statements could pressure the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay a vote scheduled for Friday to move the confirmation out of the committee and toward a Senatewide vote. 

Four of the five governors are running for reelection in this year’s midterm elections and some of their Democratic challengers said their statements did not go far enough. 

A campaign spokesperson for New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) told the AP in a statement that the Senate “should think carefully about the next steps in this process.” 

“Sununu’s latest statement is not enough,” his Democratic challenger Molly Kelly said in a statement. “And he owes the women of New Hampshire an apology.” 

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s position is notable given that, should an investigation into the allegations take place, it would largely occur in his state.

Kavanaugh has been accused of varying degrees of degrees of sexual misconduct while in high school or college by three different women.

Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a high school party in 1982 and was the first to go public with her allegation, appeared in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to detail the alleged attack. 

Kavanaugh has strongly denied all three allegations.