Minnesota's senators react to Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation

The Supreme Court has its new justice.
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Brett Kavanaugh is the newest justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

The judge, whose nomination has been clouded with controversy amid allegations of sexual assault while he was a high schooler, was confirmed by a vote of 50-48 on Saturday.

He replaces the retired former Justice Anthony Kennedy on the court, restoring a 5-4 advantage of conservative justices.

All Democrats save for West Virginian Joe Manchin III voted against Kavanaugh's confirmation, including Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith.

Sen. Klobuchar, who had a well-publicized run-in with Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, was curt in her reaction to his eventual confirmation. 

Sen. Smith, who is going up against GOPer Karin Housley in November's election, wrote a greater length than her senior colleague, claiming Kavanaugh to be a "right-wing extremist."

"Special interests and dark money groups won today," she wrote on Facebook. The GOP got their hand-picked right-wing extremist Brett Kavanaugh appointed to the Supreme Court.

"If you are tired and angry and frustrated, I know that feeling. But we cannot lose hope now. In one month, we head to the polls."

While Minnesota doesn't have any Republican senators right now, Kavanaugh was backed by Housley ahead of Saturday's vote, telling MinnPost: "We spend more time looking at someone’s high school yearbook page than opinions he rendered as a judge.

"I kept thinking of my husband, my son — that anybody can throw an accusation like that and to have it be so publicly heard was really, really sad."

Kavanaugh was also supported by 2nd District Rep. Jason Lewis, who publicly backed the nominee at President Trump's Rochester rally on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Republican National Committee-Minnesota spokesperson Preya Samsunder criticized Klobuchar and Smith for their involvement in the "circus that is the Democrat Party by voting against Judge Brett Kavanaugh." 

"The disgraceful way in which Democrats behaved over this confirmation process makes it clear that their party is only focused on obstruction and resistance no matter how foolish it makes them look," they said.

"Voters will remember how Klobuchar and Smith conducted themselves when they go to the polls next month."

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