The Annie's List Blog
Kavanaugh and Texas
October 5, 2018
This election has moved more women to action than ever before. And last week, as millions of women watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford give harrowing and credible testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee only to be disregarded by 11 Republican men, that momentum reached a fever pitch. Women everywhere have rallied, called their Senators, and told their own stories of survival. Before today’s preliminary vote to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination, Senator Dianne Feinstein stated, “We’re here to determine whether Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated the impartiality, the temperament, the even-handedness that is needed to serve in this great, high court of our land. It would be the deciding vote on the most important issues affecting our country and every American for generations to come. Based on all the factors we have before us, I do not believe that Judge Kavanaugh has earned this seat.”
The necessary majority did not agree; following an incredibly limited investigation by the FBI, the Senate voted today to move Kavanaugh’s nomination forward. As early as tomorrow, we will know two things for sure: whether Judge Kavanaugh will be granted a lifetime appointment to the most powerful judicial body in this nation, and whether our elected representatives at the highest levels of government at last respect the needs and lived experiences of women.
The stakes have never been higher for Texans this cycle. Whether Kavanaugh or another nominee, Trump is committed to putting someone on the Supreme Court who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, to further restrict voting rights, and to erode the rights and protections we rely on. We need to elect more women at the state level who will stand strong against attempts to erode the basic rights of Texas women and their families.
Our 37 endorsed candidates, an Annie’s List record, are dedicated to building a better Texas through fair and equitable policies that respect the voice and experience of every Texan. Their victories will usher in an era of fair representation, where our government is committed to improving conditions for Texans through access to education, quality affordable healthcare, and safety and opportunity for every community.
Annie’s List Executive Director