Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh continues to be put on the defensive for a variety of allegations including his apparent refusal to shake the hand of a father of a Parkland school shooting victim.
During Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing last week, it appeared that he abruptly walked past Fred Guttenberg when he was approached during a recess. Kavanaugh described his version of the incident as part of an official response to questions from Senate Judiciary Committee members. Kavanaugh claimed that he did not recognize Guttenberg and simply assumed that he was one of the many protesters at the event. Because he did not know who Guttenberg was, he did not have the opportunity to express his sympathy for the man’s loss and listen to what he had to say. Kavanaugh also used the brief to defend himself against the accusation that he personally asked Capitol Police to remove Guttenberg from the hearing.
Guttenberg’s 14-year-old daughter, Jamie, was among the 17 victims killed in the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since the tragic event, Guttenberg has become one of the most recognizable faces in the effort for stricter gun control regulations.
Also in the record of submitted questions is Kavanaugh’s explanation for how he accrued thousands of dollars in debt for professional baseball tickets. The follow-up questions were submitted by members of Congress in response to last week’s nomination hearing. Kavanaugh said the tickets were part of a group purchase between friends and that he was paid back by his friends for each ticket and did not profit on any of the sales.
In addition to the questions about the baseball tickets and the refusal to shake Guttenberg’s hand, Kavanaugh also had to address issues such has his views on abortion, possible gambling debts, and his membership to the prestigious Chevy Chase Golf Club.