Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who upended his GOP colleagues’ plans Friday to move quickly to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by saying he wants an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations, will be in Boston Monday for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit.
Flake is scheduled to talk about the future of the Republican party along with Ohio Gov. John Kasich at the event at City Hall Plaza.
A rally is planned ahead of his appearance to urge him to vote against confirming Kavanaugh.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, congressional candidate and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, along with advocacy groups and survivors of sexual assault, will all be in attendance.
Mayor Walsh tweeted Sunday, “This moment in time will mark how we, as a country, respond to the call for action from women & individuals who have bravely spoken out about sexual assault. Join us in standing up for survivors because they are powerful, they give voice to others & they should not be dismissed.”
Hundreds of people gathered outside City Hall on Monday, holding signs with messages like “No, Brett” and “Kava-NAH.” They joined in chants of “Love, not hate,” and “Hey hey, ho ho, Kavanaugh has got to go!”
Monday’s event featuring Flake was originally scheduled to be held at the Colonial Emerson Theatre, but Emerson College pushed to have the event canceled over “safety reasons.”
Flake was a central figure in advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination from the Senate Judiciary Committee with his tie-breaking vote. Flake said he’d vote to advance the bill to the floor, but asked for a one-week investigation into the sexual assault allegations lodged by Christine Blasey Ford against Kavanaugh.
On “60 Minutes” Sunday night, Flake talked about his impressions of Kavanaugh’s testimony, saying, “It was anger…but if I were unjustly accused, that’s how I would feel as well. As it went on, I think his interaction with some of the members was a little too sharp, but the statement at the beginning I thought was pretty raw, but in keeping with someone who had been unjustly accused.”
The rally at City Hall Plaza gets underway at 10, while the panel with Flake starts at 11:30.
Flake is also scheduled to speak Monday night at Saint Anselm College’s Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is scheduled to give a speech titled “After the Deluge: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle” at 6 p.m.
Granite State Progress and several other groups are planning a rally outside the Institute of Politics at 5 p.m.
This will be Flake’s second appearance in New Hampshire this year. He has said a bid for president in 2020 is unlikely, but hasn’t ruled one out altogether.
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