The White House has tried to portray President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as a down-to-earth guy who engages in wholesome activities like watching sports and mentoring kids when he isn't ruling against women's reproductive rights or explaining why the president is above the law. It reported that in 2016 the nominee had reported accrued debt of between $60,000 and $200,000.
White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh built up the debt by buying Washington Nationals season tickets and tickets for playoff games for himself and a "handful" of friends. "I don't have confidence that Judge Kavanaugh would be that justice".
Baldwin is considered to be one of the most liberal Democrats running for reelection this year in a state carried by the president.
King also says calls to his office are overwhelmingly opposed to Kavanaugh.
Gleaning financial information from public disclosure forms has limitations. Shah said the undisclosed number of unidentified friends paid Kavanaugh back for their share of the tickets.
While Republicans reaffirmed their intention to process the nomination well ahead of the November midterm elections, Democrats argued Kavanaugh's record deserves painstaking scrutiny that must not be rushed.
Yet others questioned exactly why Kavanaugh's debts were suddenly paid off past year. The New York gubernatorial candidate shared an emotional story earlier this week about how important it is that Roe V. Wade-the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion across the country-remains intact.
"We have the largest field program we've ever had, and we're using it to take Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation fight directly to voters", RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to CNN. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the median net worth disclosed by Supreme Court justices was $4.6 million in 2017.
"Judge Kavanaugh has written some troubling things about environmental protections, consumer protections, commonsense gun safety laws - all of which should be carefully examined by this Senate and by the American people", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. She began the job in 2015 and did not report any income for the prior four years.