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Another Conn. connection comes out of Kavanaugh hearings

September 28, 2018

NEW CANAAN — Another Connecticut connection has come out of the contentious confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Renate Schroeder Dolphin, 53, knew Kavanaugh in high school and publicly defended his character in a letter signed by Dolphin and 64 other women.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said during Thursday’s hearings that Dolphin is a Connecticut resident.

Dolphin sits on New Canaan Health and Human Services Commission as its secretary, according to the website devoted to the commission. A Lexis search listed a New Canaan address for her, saying she has lived in the town since 2008. Before that, three different Westport addresses were listed for her. On Thursday, a call to a phone number listed for her on the site was answered by a recording saying the number was disconnected.

The New York Times identified her as the subject of what was described as a vulgar inside joke between Kavanaugh and his friends — who listed themselves as “Renate Alumnius” in their yearbook, referring to her as a conquest, news reports indicated.

In an interview with the New York Times, Dolphin said the joke was hurtful, but did not reaffirm or redact her support of Kavanaugh’s character.

Another Connecticut connection in the Kavanaugh drama is Deborah Ramirez, who grew up in Shelton and attended Yale University. She accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her while they were at Yale.

Ramirez’s allegation joined one already levied by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school.

James Roche, who graduated from Wilton High School in 1983 and was roommates with Kavanaugh during their freshman year at Yale University, vouched for Ramirez’s character in a recent statement.

“I became close friends with Debbie Ramirez shortly after we both arrived at Yale,” he said. “She stood out as being exceptionally honest, with a trusting manner ... Based on my time with Debbie, I believe her to be unusually honest and straightforward and I cannot imagine her making this up.”

In his statement, Roche said he did not see the action in question.

“I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk ... Based on my time with Brett, I believe that he and his social circle were capable of the actions that Debbie described,” Roche said.

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