Sen. Baldwin won't back Trump's pick for Supreme Court

Friday, 13 Jul, 2018

While one national political analyst said McCain, who has been in Arizona since late previous year battling brain cancer, may be willing to give up his seat if it would help Kavanaugh be confirmed, another Arizona lawmaker has different thoughts.

McConnell went on to mock the media's coverage of Kavanaugh, including a Washington Post report that the judge had gotten into some debt over buying baseball tickets.

In 2006, he reported a debt of $60,000 to $200,000 from three credit cards and a loan.

"At this time, the Kavanaughs have no debts beyond their home mortgage", said White House spokesman Raj Shah. Shah said the undisclosed number of unidentified friends paid Kavanaugh back for their share of the tickets. Shah offered no additional information on the tickets or the friends they were purchased for.

Kavanaugh's required disclosure forms deal in broad ranges, so it's hard to get an accurate picture of his financial situation (with good Nationals seasons tickets running as much as $6,000 Kavanaugh could have been buying tickets for ten friends, or almost three dozen).

King also says calls to his office are overwhelmingly opposed to Kavanaugh. Add that to a retirement account worth about $500,000, plus the equity in his home, and he has about a million dollars in wealth.

Trump said in 2016 that he would use any Supreme Court nomination opportunities to appoint judges who would overturn Roe.

His past financial disclosure forms reveal that Kavanaugh has carried significant credit card debt - on and off - for more than a decade.

Yet others questioned exactly why Kavanaugh's debts were suddenly paid off a year ago. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the median net worth disclosed by Supreme Court justices was $4.6 million in 2017.

Al Kauffman, a professor at St. Mary's University School of Law, said Kavanaugh has a pretty good chance at getting confirmed based on his qualifications, but it will be a very close vote.

If Kavanaugh is confirmed, it would mean a significant shift to the right for the Supreme Court, according to the Judicial Common Space system, a metric developed by political scientists Lee Epstein, Andrew D. Martin, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Chad Westerland. Associate justices on the Supreme Court make $255,300, while Chief Justice John Roberts draws a $267,000 salary.