Democratic congressional candidate Mike Levin said Monday he opposed the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanagh to the Supreme Court and lamented the judge’s anticipated conservative impact.
“Unfortunately, he’s going to have a huge impact for the next 40 years,” said Levin at a brief press conference in Oceanside.
Levin, who was planning to address clergy and community organizers at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, labeled as incomplete the FBI’s report on allegations that Kavanaugh assaulted a young woman in high school.
“I did not support the confirmation,” he said. “I felt as though there were significant unanswered questions.”
Levin, an environmental lawyer, said that among the local issues he would focus on are affordable housing — especially for homeless veterans — and the cleanup of radioactive waste for the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
He said that, if elected, he hoped to work across the aisle to achieve these goals.
“I would hope that things like clean air and clean water are not partisan,” he said.
Levin faces Republican Diane Harkey, a member of the State Board of Equalization, in the race for the 49th District seat held by retiring Rep. Darrell Issa. The district extends from along the coast from the UC San Diego campus to south Orange County.
“I feel we’ve got a great amount of momentum going into the final stretch,” said Levin.