Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has incurred tens of thousands of dollars in debt due to overspending on Major League Baseball tickets.
According to The Washington Post, “White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh built up the debt by buying Washington Nationals season tickets and tickets for playoff games for himself and a ‘handful’ of friends.”
During the past decade, The Post notes that Kavanaugh disclosed up to $200,000 in credit card debt.
The report added that Kavanaugh “previously reported between $60,000 to $200,000 in debt among three credit cards and a loan in 2006, the same year he was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.”
Luckily, the judge appears to have kicked his habit of forking over exorbitant amounts of money on baseball tickets, according to The Washington Post: “The credit card debts and loan were either paid off or fell below the reporting requirements in 2017, according to the filings, which do not require details on the nature or source of such payments. Shah told The Post that Kavanaugh’s friends reimbursed him for their share of the baseball tickets and that the judge has since stopped purchasing the season tickets.”
It’s not just his finances that are troubling
Of course, the fact that Brett Kavanaugh seems to have had trouble managing his own money is probably the least disturbing of his many flaws.
As I wrote on the night of his nomination, Kavanaugh is a right-wing extremist that Democrats should unite against. Not only are his past decisions on abortion, guns and the environment troubling, but he essentially believes presidents are above the law.
With Trump in the crosshairs of the Robert Mueller investigation, the latter stance could prove a pivotal factor in determining whether the president is held accountable for potential crimes.
At the end of the day, though, it shouldn’t be surprising that Trump – a man who proudly calls himself the “King of Debt” – nominated a judge who apparently doesn’t have his own finances in order.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.