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Knights of Columbus Throw Political Weight Behind Kavanagh

The world's largest Catholic family, fraternal and service organization, the Knights of Columbus, has thrown its political weight behind the campaign to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

In an email to the order’s approximately 2 million members, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, urged members “to contact your two U.S. Senators today, and tell them to support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh Kavanaughto the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Mr. Anderson continued, “The Senate Judiciary Committee recently concluded hearings on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, and the full Senate is expected to hold a confirmation vote in the coming weeks.  This means your immediate action is needed.”

Anderson, a former aide to conservative icon Senator Jesse Helms went on to observe that, “our Marist Poll has found that nearly 8 in 10 Americans say it is an ‘immediate’ or an ‘important’ priority to appoint Supreme Court justices who will interpret the Constitution as it was originally written.  Judge Kavanaugh will be this type of Supreme Court justice.”

Judge Kavanaugh has a long record of public service in the Federal Government as well as more than a decade of experience as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit – often referred to as “the second highest court in the land,” said Supreme Knight Anderson. 

“This impressive record of service, and strong commitment to interpreting the Constitution fairly, make Judge Kavanaugh an ideal nominee for service on the Supreme Court,” Anderson concluded.

Anderson’s email also supplied a link to the Knights of Columbus Action Center to make contacting Senators easy for members.

The Catholic vote was a key element of the coalition that elected Donald Trump in 2016. In the top four battleground states Trump won Wisconsin (where 31 percent identify as Catholic) by 22,177 votes. In Pennsylvania (where 27.4 percent identify as Catholic) Trump won by 67,416 votes. In Florida (where 26 percent identify as Catholic) Trump won by 134,000 votes and in Michigan (where 23 percent identify as Catholic) Trump won by 10,704 votes. 

Catholic constituents could influence a number of Democratic Senators who have yet to announce a position on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, especially in those battleground states.

Of course, there are those Democrats who have already announced their opposition to Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation and who are thus not worth your time to call. They include Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Chuck Schumer of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Patty Murray of Washington, Dianne Feinstein of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

If you do not see your Democratic Senator on the definite NO list it is still worth calling him or her, you can find your Democratic or Independent Senator through the alphabetical list below:

Baldwin, Tammy - (D - WI)
709 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5653

Bennet, Michael F. - (D - CO)
261 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5852

Blumenthal, Richard - (D - CT)
706 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2823

Booker, Cory A. - (D - NJ)
359 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3224

Brown, Sherrod - (D - OH)
713 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2315

Cantwell, Maria - (D - WA)
511 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3441

Cardin, Benjamin L. - (D - MD)
509 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4524

Carper, Thomas R. - (D - DE)
513 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2441

Casey, Robert P., Jr. - (D - PA)
393 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6324

Coons, Christopher A. - (D - DE)
127A Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5042

Cortez Masto, Catherine - (D - NV)
204 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3542

Donnelly, Joe - (D - IN)
720 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4814

Duckworth, Tammy - (D - IL)
524 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2854

Durbin, Richard J. - (D - IL)
711 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2152

Feinstein, Dianne - (D - CA)
331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3841

Gillibrand, Kirsten E. - (D - NY)
478 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4451

Harris, Kamala D. - (D - CA)
112 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3553

Hassan, Margaret Wood - (D - NH)
330 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3324

Heinrich, Martin - (D - NM)
303 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5521

Heitkamp, Heidi - (D - ND) Class I
516 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2043

Hirono, Mazie K. - (D - HI)
730 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6361

Jones, Doug - (D - AL)
326 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4124

Kaine, Tim - (D - VA)
231 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4024

King, Angus S., Jr. - (I - ME)
133 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5344

Klobuchar, Amy - (D - MN)
302 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3244

Leahy, Patrick J. - (D - VT)
437 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4242

Manchin, Joe, III - (D - WV)
306 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3954

Markey, Edward J. - (D - MA)
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2742

McCaskill, Claire - (D - MO)
503 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6154

Menendez, Robert - (D - NJ)
528 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4744

Merkley, Jeff - (D - OR)
313 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3753

Murphy, Christopher - (D - CT)
136 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4041

Murray, Patty - (D - WA)
154 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2621

Nelson, Bill - (D - FL)
716 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5274

Peters, Gary C. - (D - MI)
724 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6221

Reed, Jack - (D - RI)
728 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4642

Sanders, Bernard - (I - VT)
332 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5141

Schatz, Brian - (D - HI)
722 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3934

Schumer, Charles E. - (D - NY)
322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6542

Shaheen, Jeanne - (D - NH)
506 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2841

Smith, Tina - (D - MN)
309 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5641

Stabenow, Debbie - (D - MI)
731 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4822

Tester, Jon - (D - MT)
311 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2644

Udall, Tom - (D - NM)
531 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6621

Van Hollen, Chris - (D - MD)
110 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4654

Warner, Mark R. - (D - VA)
703 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2023

Warren, Elizabeth - (D - MA)
317 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4543

Whitehouse, Sheldon - (D - RI)
530 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2921

Wyden, Ron - (D - OR)
221 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5244

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