WASHINGTON — Red state Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly said Friday that he will oppose the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
“While I would gladly welcome the opportunity to work with President Trump on a new nominee for this critically important position, if Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination comes before the full Senate for a vote under these circumstances, I will oppose it,” Donnelly said in a statement.
Donnelly said allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Kavanaugh are “disturbing and credible.” Donnelly said he disagrees with a decision by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) not to allow the FBI to investigate the allegations. Instead, Grassley has insisted that the Senate Judiciary Committee proceed with a vote Friday afternoon.
Prior to Donnelly’s announcement, several Democrats walked out of the committee hearing in protest of the decision to advance the nomination.
Donnelly is one of three red state Democrats who last year voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The other two are Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.). They have not yet announced their position on Kavanaugh. All three are up for re-election this year.
Recent polls showed Donnelly locked in a tight race with Mike Braun, a Republican business executive and former state lawmaker.
Indiana is home to Vice President Mike Pence. The Trump-Pence ticket won the Hoosier state by nearly 20 points in 2016.