Alabama leaders weigh in on Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation


Birmingham, Ala. (WIAT) — Today’s vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court left several of Alabama’s leaders divided.

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby voted in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and released a statement saying in part that “it is evident that the accusations against Judge Kavanaugh are uncorroborated, and there is no confirmation of any of the alleged misconduct.”

His Democratic colleague Sen. Doug Jones, however, was a no vote.

“I have felt for a very long time that I am very concerned with this nominee on many different levels and about the message we send to young men and women and truly to women across this country.” said Jones.

Democratic candidate for Attorney General, Joe Siegelman, says he is troubled that this confirmation process has made the Supreme Court so political.

“I always want want the woman to be heard and always will listen,” says Siegelman. “I am troubled that this has turned into something more than that.”

The current Attorney General, Steve Marshall, released a statement saying in part, “I’m pleased that he has been confirmed by the Senate and to see yet another one of President Trump’s campaign promises fulfilled.”

Terry Lathan, Chairman of the Alabama GOP, spoke with our sister station WKRG in Mobile today. She says she’s satisfied with the outcome.

“The American people have watched an absolute circus and have seen a process try and be destroyed by mob mentality, and we totally reject that,” says Lathan. “So let’s have the hearing, let’s see the evidence — that happened, it played out. If you don’t like the answer, I’m sorry but the answer is the answer.”

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