Kavanaugh Confirmation Spills Into Governor's Races

Sep 28, 2018

The controversy over sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spilled into governor's races across the country as Christine Blasey Ford told her story Thursday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner
Credit Brian Mackey

Governors have no role in how the U.S. Senate should handle Kavanaugh's appointment. But their voices could add pressure to senators trying to decide how to vote.

In Illinois, Republican Bruce Rauner said earlier this month that there should be an investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. He added if the allegations were true, they should disqualify him. Rauner did not specify whether he thought the Senate inquiry was sufficient or whether the FBI should investigate, as Democrats have asked.

Rauner's spokesman said the governor was traveling Thursday and did not watch Ford's testimony.

His Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, criticized Rauner's response. He calls Kavanaugh a "troubling nominee," whom he opposes.