Brian Cashman thinks Donald Trump hit a grand slam with his controversial Supreme Court nominee.
The Yankees GM signed a letter endorsing Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative stalwart who if confirmed by the senate will further shift the court to the right in the midst of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s sudden departure from the bench.
The endorsement is far from out of left field.
Cashman and Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Prep at the same time in the 1980s, along with current Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Fellow alum and Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill organized the letter, which was published by the NFL team’s Twitter account Monday night following Trump’s primetime decision and was signed by 10 other classmates, none of whom are also connected to the sports world.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a HS classmate of Cardinals’ owner Michael Bidwill at Georgetown Prep, class of ’83. Bidwill organized their classmates for a letter of support that will be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.pic.twitter.com/3m6gmXAN4J
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 10, 2018
While Cashman isn’t as outspoken politically as many other front office sports execs, he hasn’t been afraid to voice his opinion in the past regarding the highest court.
In February of 2017, Cashman endorsed Gorsuch in an interview with The News, calling him a “tremendous choice” prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court in 2017.
Cashman chose to sign off on Bidwill’s letter this time around.
It touts the 53-year-old’s academic achievements from high school through college before shifting toward his political background, which includes a resume of siding with conservative causes and opinions.
It also addresses the bickering that has been going on in Washington regarding Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell’s pledge to schedule confirmation hearings on Trump’s nominee before the congressional midterms in November.
Democrats are up in arms, calling the strategy hypocritical given that McConnell spent nearly a year blocking President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, because he said he was concerned a confirmation hearing would be held too close to the 2016 election.
“Although some may use the confirmation process as a rallying cry for advancing deeply and honestly held beliefs for many groups in our country, we earnestly ask you to rise above the passions and examine who Brett Kavanaugh is and whether his judicial ability, extensive experience and many accomplishments in public service qualify him to the position of an Associate Justice,” the letter reads, which can be read in full here.
Kavanaugh’s nomination comes at a time when speculation swirls as to whether Republicans will use the newfound 5-4 conservative majority to enact stricter legislation when it comes to abortion and potentially overrule Roe v. Wade in the process.
During his confirmation process for his current position on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh vowed during those confirmation hearings that he would follow Supreme Court precedent, but he refused to assert his personal opinion on the 1973 decision.
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