PEORIA, IL -- The sad situation of seeing Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmed today for a lifetime appointment to the US Supreme Court has many people depressed. My advice: stop it and get to work.Your anger should motivate you.
One of the sharpest writers in the U..S., Benjamin Studebaker, says this appointment could energize anti-Republican voters who will put Democrats in office to stop more right wing judicial appointments. Let's hope he is right.
Our state, Illinois, has two sharp Democrats in the Senate, but too many Republicans in the US House. In Peoria we have an opportunity to flip the 18th Congressional District to a Democrat, Junius Rodriguez, a good candidate, honest, smart, approachable.
His campaign office is 1207 E. War Memorial Drive, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
HQ Phone number 309-265-2540. Regular Hours M-F 10 AM - 4 PM
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Contact them and take a sign for your yard. Vote for him, as well, and tell your friends to vote for him.
Now regarding Kavanaugh: Do we remember Dennis Hastert -- long time Republican Speaker of the US House, who a judge termed "a serial child molester" ? He had a secret life, apparently, for decades.
We surely remember Aaron Schock, whose not so secret life involved apparently illegally spending money wildly on office decorations, travel, etc. -- now scheduled to stand trial next June.
Both of these Republicans were beloved by their friends and constituents who praised them as nice guys. Both knew how to flatter people and possibly lie to them -- and that's what happened to Senator Susan Collins.
Flattered, lied to, and possibly bribed by the Trump administration telling her something good will be in store for Maine, she was the key vote on Kavanaugh. So forgetting about Kavanaugh's menacing testimony and lies and to the Judicial Committee, she insulted every woman urging her to vote 'no' on Kavanaugh.
Her term is up in 2020. Remember Alan Dixon? He lost his Senate seat because he voted for Clarence Thomas.
Does Kavanaugh have a secret life? All those willing to talk about his drunk, aggressive behavior can't be making this stuff up. There's no Democratic plot to smear him, just concerned citizens coming forward. But the Senate Republicans don't want to believe them.
Yet old habits die hard and may not die at all. Will Kavanaugh be arrested in a bar or restroom incident? That's what happened to Larry Craig on on June 11, 2007, arrested in an airport restroom. He was a Republican United States Senator from Idaho. The charge: lewd conduct in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport.
So -- in the words of Trump, "we'll see what happens."
-- Elaine Hopkins