One of the more outspoken senators opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination got caught using the publicity around the sexual misconduct allegations against him to drive campaign funding. Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono’s campaign team sent out an email asking for donations because she was so busy fighting against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
After reports of her ill-timed email campaign got out, Hirono walked back the email, stating it was a mistake, and offered to donate any funds raised to charities dealing with victims of sexual assault.
One would have to question the sincerity of Hirono’s apology. The wording of the email made it very clear this was a well-thought-out fundraising campaign.
“I am spending every minute of my day fighting the Republicans who are desperate to rush Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and deny a fair investigation into the credible sexual misconduct allegations against him,” Hirono’s email read. “This has to be my focus.”
“What that means is I have limited time to campaign for our re-election or to fundraise — making us particularly vulnerable to right-wing attacks.” She then asked for “a donation of $3 or more.”
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) September 27, 2018
This was a blatant attempt to cash in on the empathy and passion being stoked by Democrats who are trying to block Kavanaugh from getting to the Supreme Court. The ONLY reason she is “sorry” is that she got caught.
During the hearing, Fox News had mentioned several Democrats were actually using the hearings to raise funds.
Then, and only then, did people start digging to find out exactly who was doing this.
Hirono, as one of the more vocal detractors of Kavanaugh, seemed like a great place to start.
Her campaign sent out a contrite message to supporters later on Thursday, writing, “A fundraising message was sent this morning in error. We apologize sincerely for the error. All contributions that were made on this page will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault.”
Earlier in the Kavanaugh confirmation process when Christine Blasey Ford’s uncorroborated assault allegation against Kavanaugh went public, Hirono didn’t take long to decide whose side she was on. “Guess who’s perpetuating all of these kind of actions? It’s the men in this country. And I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up,” she said last week.
Not Walking Back
While Hirono at least tried to act like her fundraising email was a mistake, other Dems did not back down.
Senator Jeff Merkley has also been using the hearing to generate campaign funds.
However, he apologizes for nothing.
Merkely stated, “Well, very simple thing is all of us keep our constituency informed about what we’re doing. We ask for support if people agree with it.”
Could this entire debacle be some well-orchestrated scam the Dems are running to not only delay Kavanaugh’s vote and eventually defeat him but also a way for them to drive fundraising?
It would probably be a safe bet that most Democrats have flooded their constituents with emails over the last week.
It would also be a safe bet most of those email campaigns were using the Kavanaugh hearing as a way to drive donations.
There is just no depth to which Democrats are not willing to explore to regain power … it really is that simple.