LGBT women call on Brian Kemp to drop ‘misguided’ support of Brett Kavanaugh

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Over 30 female Democratic lawmakers and civic activists in Georgia – including five LGBT women – called on Brian Kemp to drop his support of Brett Kavanaugh, calling the U.S. Supreme Court nominee a “threat” to women.

Five lesbian and bisexual women were included in the group penning an open letter to Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor, on Tuesday. They were former state lawmakers Simone Bell and Keisha Waites, state House Reps. Karla Drenner and Renitta Shannon, and philanthropist Edie Cofrin.

The women leaders criticized Kemp’s letter of support sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month, and said Kemp’s “praise could not be further from the truth.”

“Not only would Judge Kavanaugh pose a direct threat to Georgia women’s ability to make their own health decisions, he would also follow your lead in allowing insurance companies to deny guaranteed coverage based on pre-existing conditions,” they wrote.

“Most importantly, your unwavering support for Judge Kavanaugh’s character was misguided given the credible information brought forth by multiple women and the need for every woman to be heard,” they added.

The group also referenced the controversy over two Massage Envy clinics owned by gay Atlanta man Dr. Patrick Greco. Greco and his partner, Jimmy Stanton, hosted a fundraiser for Kemp and donated $1,000 to his campaign. Meanwhile, those two massage clinics face at least four allegations of therapists sexually assaulting female customers.

As Secretary of State, Kemp is the highest-ranking state regulator for Greco’s industry. None of the massage therapists’ licenses have been sanctioned or revoked.

“Amid ‘what all is going on in Washington,’ as you put it, your own failure to support Georgia women and your unwillingness to stop sexual assault in Georgia cannot be ignored,” the women leaders wrote.

Kavanaugh faces three allegations of sexual misconduct and assault. He and the first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Deborah Ramirez, a former college classmate of Kavanaugh’s, came out Sunday with further sexual assault allegations. On Wednesday, Kavanaugh’s former high school classmate Julie Swetnick became the third accuser.

The full text of the Georgia women leaders’ letter is below:

Mr. Kemp:

Last month, you submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, and in that letter you said Kavanaugh had a “clear understanding of the proper role of a judge” and “all of the personal qualities that we must demand from our Supreme Court justices.”

Recent developments have shown that your praise of Judge Kavanaugh could not be further from the truth.

Not only would Judge Kavanaugh pose a direct threat to Georgia women’s ability to make their own health decisions, he would also follow your lead in allowing insurance companies to deny guaranteed coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

Most importantly, your unwavering support for Judge Kavanaugh’s character was misguided given the credible information brought forth by multiple women and the need for every woman to be heard.

Amid “what all is going on in Washington,” as you put it, your own failure to support Georgia women and your unwillingness to stop sexual assault in Georgia cannot be ignored.

Therefore, we, the undersigned, call on you to immediately retract your support of Judge Kavanaugh.

Tonya Anderson, State Senator
Kenyette Tisha Barnes, Women's Rights Activist
Debra Bazemore, State Representative
Simone Bell, Former State Representative
Gloria Butler, State Senator
Doreen Carter, State Representative
Perri Chandler, Community Organizer
Toney Chandler, Former Fulton County Public School Counselor
Edith Dee Cofrin, Board of Director, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Gail Davenport, State Senator
Stephanie Davis, Former Executive Director, Georgia Women for a Change
Rebecca DeHart, Executive Director, Democratic Party of Georgia
Karla Drenner, State Representative
Gloria Frazier, State Representative
Shannon Gaggero, Community Organizer
Michele Henson, State Representative
Carolyn Hugley, House Minority Whip
Donzella James, State Senator
Bianca Keaton, Director of Women's Outreach, Democratic Party of Georgia
Wanda Mosely, Member, Black Votes Matter
Bee Nguyen, State Representative
Mary Margaret Oliver, State Representative
Sandra Scott, State Representative
Renitta Shannon, State Representative
Erica Thomas, State Representative
Nachelle Thomas, Gwinnett Democratic Women 1st Vice President
Cathy Willis Spraetz, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Partnership Against Domestic Violence
Vanessa Toro, Women's Rights Activist
Keisha Waites, State Representative
Adrienne White, Red Clay Democrats Chair
Nikema Williams, State Senator and 1st Vice Chair, Democratic Party of Georgia

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