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Tucson civil rights attorney wary of Kavanaugh

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TUCSON - If confirmed by the Senate, Brett Kavanaugh would replace Anthony Kennedy, the justice he clerked for 25 years ago. 

Kavanaugh, 53, a 12-year veteran of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, is expected to face a bruising confirmation battle.
If Kavanaugh wins confirmation, he would cement the conservative 5-4 tilt on the Supreme Court.

"If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case and interpret the constitution," Kavanaugh said. 

Tucson lawyer Paul Gattone has practiced as a civil rights attorney for almost 30 years in the Old Pueblo. Gattone worries Kavanaugh will be too far to the right. 

"it's problematic because he would endanger Roe v. Wade, the 45-year precedent to allow women to control their own bodies and have a safe and legal abortion," Gattone said. "He's expressed hostility to the Affordable Care Act, he's expressed hostility towards worker's rights and the rights of people to organize."
Sen. Jeff Flake said in a statement: "As I have said before, approving a nominee who will interpret the constitution rather than legislate from the bench should be our top priority. I look forward to meeting with judge kavanaugh and reviewing his record throughout the confirmation process."

Sen.John McCain said "Over the course of Judge Kavanaugh's impressive legal career, he has built a reputation as a fair, independent, and mainstream judge who has earned widespread respect from his peers."

Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate. They can't afford to lose one vote over this nomination fight. 

President trump wants Kavanaugh confirmed by the time the court begins it's new term in October. 

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