Two months ago today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt published an op-ed in the conservative Washington Examiner “enthusiastically” and “wholeheartedly” endorsing Pres. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Today, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school.
Since Dr. Ford first came forward, two additional women have alleged inappropriate and aggressive sexual behavior by Kavanaugh. In light of three separate allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, Laxalt has stayed silent, continuing to support Trump’s pick.
Despite boldly claiming that “no one has done more for women from [the attorney general’s office] in the history of the state” than he has, Laxalt has made a habit of standing by accused sexual predators. Laxalt continued to tout the endorsement of Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro for months despite credible allegations of sexual assault against him and Antinoro’s own admission of sexual harassment under oath, and accepted Antinoro’s endorsement despite the fact that his shocking record of misconduct had been public knowledge since at least 2016. Laxalt also remains the only major Nevada gubernatorial candidate in 2018 who hasn’t condemned Steve Wynn’s alleged pattern of sexual misconduct.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“As one of Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers shares her story in front of a Senate committee today, Nevada women are reminded that Adam Laxalt continues to ‘wholeheartedly’ support Kavanaugh. Laxalt’s silence as more and more women come forward speaks volumes and tells Nevadans all they need to know about where Laxalt stands. Based on Laxalt’s track record, voters can expect him to side with accused sexual predators over women every time.”