Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb challenged members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation Monday to let Nebraskans know where they stand on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court in light of a second allegation charging him with sexual misconduct.
The New Yorker magazine reported that second woman, Deborah Ramirez, came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault on Sunday — the same day his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, committed to testifying about her own allegations against him before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Ramirez said that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when they were both freshmen at Yale University. Ford alleges that Kavanaugh held her down and tried to remove her clothes at a party when they were both in high school.
“It is past time for Nebraska’s members of Congress to say if they continue to stand with Kavanaugh,” Kleeb said. “As a woman and mom, I ask that you take Dr. Ford seriously when she testifies Thursday and also seriously consider the latest allegation revealed Sunday.
“We are at a point in our country’s history where women are demanding equal footing in the workplace and in politics. For too long we have been second-guessed, slapped on the backside, and not been taken seriously,” Kleeb said. “Believing women’s stories of sexual harassment and rape in order for full investigations is one step. Full equality is what we demand.
“So where do you stand Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse? Where do you stand Don Bacon, Adrian Smith and Jeff Fortenberry?” Kleeb said. “Nebraskans deserve to know. Silence is not an option.”