WASHINGTON - More than 100 women traveled to Washington, D.C. from across the United States to pray for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Ford, and the Senate as they voted on cloture today.
The prayer event was organized by Concerned Women for America, who has also launched a “#womenforkavanaugh” campaign in support of his nomination to the United States Supreme Court. CWA chose today’s date for the prayer event as the Senate voted 51-49 in a motion to invoke cloture, thus ceasing all debate and advancing Kavanaugh to the full Senate floor for confirmation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said that he will hold the confirmation vote on Saturday, October 6th.
President and CEO of CWA Penny Nance led the crowd in a prayer outside Senator Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) office, praying for wisdom, courage, and unity among the political parties. Grassley is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who voted 11-10 last week to advance Kavanaugh to a full Senate confirmation vote.
Following the prayer, the group of women, joined by a small group of men, split into smaller groups to visit the offices of senators who voted for cloture and to thank them for supporting Kavanaugh. The group was particularly enthusiastic to visit the offices of senators who were on the fence about voting for Kavanaugh but reluctantly agreed to vote “yea.”
These four major swing votes in question were from Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Manchin, the only Democrat among the four and the only Senate Democrat who ended up voting “yea” on the cloture, received a packed office full of grateful supporters and angry opposers. Capitol Hill Police were called to respond to the crowd after they repeatedly ignored a staffer’s demands to be civil. No arrests were made at the time. Senator Murkowski was the only Republican to vote “nay.”
Janae Stracke, National Field Director for CWA, told FRC Action that the way Democrats are treating Kavanaugh will carry adverse ramifications for them in the upcoming mid-terms.
“They are thinking about their sons, their husbands, their fathers, their brothers, they don’t like that our country could be heading in a direction where you’re guilty until proven innocent. That’s not America and people are standing up against it. So, I think it will show in the midterms.”
Stracke was clear to show that CWA also has great concern for victims of sexual assault, even alluding to sexual crimes against women who have worked in her organization and her friends.
“We understand where these people are coming from and the hurt that comes from that. And we want there to be justice for sexual assault survivors. And we want there to be justice. But pinning this on an innocent man is not justice. If there was ever evidence that he did assault doctor Ford, we would be the first to step back our support of him. But the fact is that there is absolutely no corroboration to her story.”