The woman behind the allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward over the weekend, throwing a wrench into the confirmation which currently is scheduled for a vote on Thursday but may be delayed to hear from her and Kavanaugh on the issue.
Ford alleges that when they were both in high school 35 years ago that Kavanaugh pushed her onto a bed at a party and tried to take her clothes off. She then alleges that another boy who was there, Mark Judge, jumped on them and that enabled her to get away to a bathroom.
While she describes the incident in detail, she says she doesn’t recall where the house was or exactly when it occurred, making it hard to investigate or refute with an alibi.
Both Judge and Kavanaugh categorically deny that such an event ever occurred. In fact, Judge called it “absolutely nuts.”
She does not allege that she told anyone about it at the time, so there is no contemporaneous statement to support her claim at the time.
She does say that she told a therapist in 2012 during marriage counseling. But there is no indication in the therapist’s notes that she told him Kavanaugh’s name, although her husband says she did. Another problem in the notes is that they say she claimed the incident involved four boys, not two. Ford says that’s a mistake on the part of the therapist.
From Fox News:
Ford is a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. A biostatistician, she “specializes in the design and analysis of clinical trials and other forms of intervention evaluation,” according to the university.
Her work has also been published in several academic journals, covering topics such as 9/11 and child abuse.
Ford has also taught at Stanford University since 1988, according to a Holton-Arms’ alumni magazine, the Bethesda, Maryland, school from where she graduated, The Wall Street Journal reported. She teaches at both schools in consortium, according to the newspaper.
While her social media links like LinkedIn appear to all have been scrubbed, there is still sufficient information out there to get an assessment of her political background.
Ford is not just a registered Democrat, she’s also an active progressive who has donated to Democratic causes, like ActBlue, which helps Democratic and progressive candidates.
She also signed onto a letter against Trump over the question of family separation at the border.
As Breitbart notes, she has been involved in anti-Trump ‘pussy hat’ marches.
Blasey Ford is cited in a San Jose Mercury News article as wearing the hat at the march, which the newspaper said was held because people were “angered by the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to research.”
“It’s a science party!” said biostatistician Christine Blasey, of Palo Alto, who will wear an elaborately knitted cap of the human brain — yarn turned into a supersized cerebral cortex — inspired by the “pussy hats” donned during the Women’s Marches. “Getting introverted people to the march — that’s huge,” [Blasey] laughed.
Now, because she is a progressive doesn’t mean that her claim isn’t true. But it does add another element to the question of evaluating her allegation.