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Jonathan Perloe Why is Kavanaugh a special case?

October 3, 2018

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), in her opening remarks at the Brett Kavanaugh hearing last week said, “This is not a trial of Dr. Ford, it is a job interview for Judge Kavanaugh.”

There isn’t a hiring manager I know who would even interview, let alone consider hiring, a candidate whose resume came with an accusation of sexual assault that even Fox News commentators call “extremely credible.”

Consider how many high profile men have either resigned or been fired for accusations of sexual misconduct, many falling short of the physical assault of which Kavanaugh is accused.

Matt Lauer, co-host of “The Today Show,” was fired by NBC after receiving a complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior.

Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR’s “On Point” was fired following allegations of “creepy” sex talk and unwanted physical contact.

Lester Moonves, chief executive of CBS, was forced to step down after a dozen women came forward with claims of sexual abuse or harassment.

Mario Batali, the popular TV chef, resigned following multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

Ryan Lizza, a leading writer for The New Yorker, was fired for a single incident of improper sexual conduct with a woman with whom he claimed he was having a consensual relationship. The list goes on and on.

What makes these cases different from the decision to “hire” Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court? Unlike Dr. Blasey Ford, none of the victims had to prove their credibility before a public hearing by 21 mostly white male hiring managers and a sex crimes prosecutor. And unlike the job for which Judge Kavanaugh has applied, none held a position of such profound consequence as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

On this basis alone, it is beyond comprehension that Senate Republicans are willing to give candidate Kavanaugh the job; willfully ignoring the red flags that demonstrate he is unfit for the job. To borrow his words, it’s a “national disgrace.”

Jonathan Perloe of Cos Cob is the director of communications at Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

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