WASHINGTON- Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester said Friday he will vote against confirming Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In a statement, Tester said, “I have concerns that Judge Kavanaugh defended the PATRIOT Act instead of Montanans’ privacy. I have concerns about his support for more dark money in politics. I have concerns about who he believes is in charge of making personal health decisions. And I have deep concerns about the allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh. Unfortunately, Judge Kavanaugh couldn’t find time to discuss these concerns with me in person, so the only information I have is from what he said in his hearings. I’ll be voting against him.”
Tester’s office also said it received thousands of calls and emails from Montanans with the majority opposed to the nomination.
Tester is running for his third term in the U.S. Senate. His Republican opponent in the mid-term election, state auditor Matt Rosendale has called for Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Montana’s other U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, also supports Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.