September 28, 2018

NY State of Politics

If Republican state AG candidate Keith Wofford wins in November, he is aware that he would likely deal with cases that ultimately go before the U.S. Supreme Court, which may or may not at this point include a new justice: Brett Kavanaugh.

Traveling the western part of the state this week, Wofford said he did not get to watch the entire testimony from Kavanaugh or his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. However, he said he is not dismissing the allegations against the judge.

“This whole area of sexual abuse and sexual harassment claims needs to be taken very seriously,” Wofford said. “The committee is trying to do that and they need to continue to do that.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee appears to be prepared to move forward with a vote today, which could set up a confirmation vote early next week, though the first votes could be taken as early as tomorrow.

Though some – mostly Democrats, and a handful of Republicans – have called for a delay in the vote given the new accusations that are piling up against Kavanaugh, Wofford would not weigh in on the timeline adopted by the committee members during an interview Thursday in Buffalo.

“I’m going to leave it up to them,” he said. “They’re going to have to see based on what they see whether the credibility determination is enough or whether they want more. It’s up to them.”

Wofford said he does not take sexual abuse claims lightly, and would continue investigating claims against the Catholic Church, for instance, if he wins his uphill battle against the Democratic AG candidate, NYC Pubic Advocate Tish James, in the general election.