Gov. Jerry Brown calls Kavanaugh confirmation 'a real tragedy'

ByABC7.com staff via KABC logo
Monday, October 8, 2018
Gov. Brown responds to a question in Sacramento in this undated photo. Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill Sept. 27, 2018.
Gov. Brown responds to a question in Sacramento in this undated photo. Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill Sept. 27, 2018.
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SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown said the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is "a real tragedy."

"This controversial and partisan choice further deepens the divisions in America and profoundly undermines democratic governance. A real tragedy," Brown said.

The governor tweeted his opinion on Saturday, the same day Kavanaugh was confirmed as an associate justice in a climactic 50-48 roll call vote. The two-vote margin is one of the narrowest ever for a Supreme Court nominee.

The vote closed out a bitter struggle over Kavanaugh's nomination, inflamed by accusations that he sexually assaulted women in the 1980s. Kavanaugh forcefully denied the accusations in sworn testimony.

Other politicians in the state also expressed concern and urged the public to go out and vote.