Sen. Jeff Flake Asked for Kavanaugh Vote Delay After Assault Survivor Confronted Him in Elevator – “I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me,” Maria Gallagher, 23, told the senator in an elevator hours before his surprise call for a vote delay.
Maria Gallagher, 23, had come to the Hart Senate office building on Friday morning to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. And as part of her responsibilities, she’d been tasked with camping out outside of Sen. Jeff Flake’s office to somehow, someway, persuade him to vote no.
She never imagined she’d actually see the senator walk down the hall to make his way to the Judiciary Committee where he would cast a vote. Nor did she expect that news would emerge, at that moment, that he would vote yes on the nomination after having wavered for days about what to do.
And yet, there Flake was, tall and slender, dressed in a sharp suit and white shirt, making his way to the elevator.
“It was all kind of a blur,” Gallagher recalled in an interview with The Daily Beast. “We all ran after him. We held open the elevator and I just started telling him why it was important and what had happened to me and why he should not let Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.”
The committee vote was 11-10, including support from GOP Senator Flake of Arizona, who had been undecided until Friday morning.
I would “only be comfortable moving on the floor until the FBI has done more investigation than they have already,” Mr Flake said. “It may not take them a week. We owe them due diligence.”
Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he told Mr Flake, “I would advocate for the position he took but I don’t control it.”