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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Garrett Ventry "resignation" shows GOP Senate Judiciary Committee hypocrisy

NBC News broke this story today:
Spokesman for GOP on Kavanaugh nomination resigns;
has been accused of harassment in the past

An adviser for the Senate Judiciary Committee has resigned amid questions from NBC News about a previous sexual harassment complaint.

by Heidi Przybyla
22 September 2018
WASHINGTON — A press adviser helping lead the Senate Judiciary Committee’s response to a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has stepped down amid evidence he was fired from a previous political job in part because of a sexual harassment allegation against him.

Garrett Ventry, 29, who served as a communications aide to the committee chaired by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, had been helping coordinate the majority party's messaging in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago at a high school party. In a response to NBC News, Ventry denied any past "allegations of misconduct." More...

Garrett Ventry was a current staff member, or employee, which would seem to give him more standing to keep his position than a job applicant, or an employee asking for a promotion, which is the position of Brett Kavanaugh, and yet there was no talk about the right to due process, or the presumption of innocent that has so animated the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in defense of Brett Kavanaugh. Ventry, was given no hearing, and no right to appeal. The reason he was asked to resign was simple:
Republicans familiar with the situation had been concerned that Ventry, because of his history, could not lead an effective communications response.
Meanwhile, on Fox News, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), the GOP congressman who joked that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been groped by Abraham Lincoln, complained that his favorite job applicant, Brett Kavanaugh wasn't being treated fairly, saying "Where else can you write a letter and convict someone?"

I'll bet the majority of old white men in congress have law degrees, and yet they seem confused over this simple fact: Kavanaugh is not on trial for his freedom, he is applying for a job.

It may not be "fair," but when there are many qualified candidates for a position, it doesn't take much to take any one candidate off the short-list. The real possibility that someone applying for the lifetime position of Supreme Court Justice may be lying about a crime of sexual assault, even one that happened long ago, should be enough. Sorry Charlie, but the job of the Senate is to be fair to the country.

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