Ricki Seidman, a Democratic Party operative who worked for the Obama and Clinton administrations, is advising Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, according to a report in Politico.
Seidman, a senior principal at TSD Communications, also worked as an investigator for Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and as Joe Biden's communications director during the 2008 presidential election campaign after Biden was picked as Barack Obama's running mate. According to Politico, she was also involved with Anita Hill's decision to testify against Clarence Thomas in 1991.
Ford on Thursday told the Senate Judiciary Committee she is willing to testify next week so long as senators offer "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety," according to her lawyers.
Blasey Ford said the incident occurred when she was 15 and a student at the all-girls Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. Kavanaugh would have been 17 at Georgetown Preparatory School. Kavanaugh and a friend — both allegedly "stumbling drunk" at a small gathering of teens that night — corralled her into a bedroom in a house in Montgomery County, she said.
With his friend watching, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.
"I believe her, and I think she's very courageous for coming this far," Seidman told Politico.
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