In an op-ed for Fox News, state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) said the protests against the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court reminds her of the protests in Wisconsin against the passage of Act 10.
“What we’re seeing in Washington with the Kavanaugh nomination in the U.S. Senate is the same: block, obstruct, resist at all costs,” Vukmir wrote. “It’s the far left’s standard playbook to stand in the way of policies that will help us prosper. They’re good at it. They’ve practiced, won far too many times, and they’re making this confirmation process their all-or-nothing championship game.”
Vukmir, who is running for U.S. Senate against Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), described in the op-ed the intimidating atmosphere of the Act 10 protests.
“During the height of the debate, I remember sitting in a room off the Senate chambers, listening to protesters blowing loud horns and incessantly chanting,” Vukmir wrote. “The pressure urging us to cave was intense. I remember telling my colleagues: ‘We cannot back down. If we fail, no other state will consider the reforms we are attempting here.'”
Vukmir has been a strong supporter of the Kavanaugh nomination and has criticized Baldwin for failing to meet with the nominee before deciding to vote against him. Baldwin claimed she wanted to meet Kavanaugh after she was criticized but she has not done so. Baldwin announced her opposition to the Kavanaugh nomination within a couple of days of the announcement of the appointment.