As Senate Republicans continue to do everything in their power to resuscitate the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in the wake of credible allegations of sexual assault when he was a drunken high school student, one of the people leading their efforts in the messaging to fight back against the accusations has suddenly resigned.
Garrett Ventry, a communications aide to the Republican-led Judiciary Committee, was motivated to step down from his role after it was revealed that he was forced to leave a prior political job after being accused of sexual harassment himself, according to an NBC News report.
Ventry has been helping coordinate messaging for the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee since Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in a drunken frenzy at a high school party 36 years ago became public knowledge.
Another spokesperson for the committee told NBC News that Ventry has denied all allegations of past sexual misconduct and attributes his resignation to a desire to avoid the disruption of the hearings.
“While (Ventry) strongly denies allegations of wrongdoing, he decided to resign to avoid causing any distraction from the work of the committee,” Judiciary Committee Spokesman Taylor Foy told NBC in a statement.
In addition to leaving his position on the committee, Ventry also has resigned from CRC Public Relations, the company from which he had requested a leave of absence to help the Republicans with their attempt to ram Kavanaugh’s confirmation through as quickly as possible.
The company is a major Republican PR firm that has been promoting Kavanaugh’s nomination and counts among its clients the Federalist Society, the extremist conservative group that provided President Trump with the list of acceptably psychotic candidates for nomination to the court from which he chose Kavanaugh.
Republicans are fighting their own competing interests in dealing with Christine Blasey Ford’s assault accusations, balancing their desperation to place a right-wing justice on the Supreme Court—one who can assuage their base and reverse the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion—with the knowledge that any appearance of outright dismissal of the allegations will potentially cost them votes in the midterm elections from women voters outraged and energized over a repeat of the kind of treatment that Anita Hill was subjected to during the confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991.
The accusations against Mr. Ventry date to his time last year as a social media adviser for North Carolina House Majority Leader John Bell, a job he held for several months before being dismissed. The Republican state politician refused to give the details behind the firing to the press.
“Mr. Ventry did work in my office and he’s no longer there, he moved on,” Bell said to NBC News.
Sources familiar with the circumstances of Ventry’s departure from that job say he was ousted after he was accused of harassment by a woman employee of the North Carolina General Assembly’s Republican staff.
“It caused a lot of staff drama. It was the chatter of the staff,” a source in the office told NBC News. “The whole thing got turned into a he said, she said, and then Garrett was fired.”
The sources also say that Ventry exaggerated his credentials on his resume, claiming to have been a paid member of Senator Marco Rubio’s digital team when he was only an unpaid volunteer.
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