Charles Ludington, a college friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, released a statement that directly contradicted the testimony of the judge on this drinking in college. Ludington told The Washington Post that he gave a statement to the FBI that Kavanaugh was “belligerent and aggressive” as a drunk in college and once threw a beer in the face of someone who insulted him. He is the third college friend who described Kavanaugh as a belligerent drinker in college.
Ludington is an associate professor at North Carolina State University and stated that “When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive. On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man’s face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail.”
Former classmates Lynne Brookes and Elizabeth Swisher have also given accounts similar to Ludington’s statement.
Ludington has taught at North Carolina State University since 2004 and, according to his bio on the university’s website, Ludington specializes in northern European history. He has also taught at the Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow at University College Cork and the Universite de Bordeaux-Michel Montaigne in France.
Ludington earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale in 1987 and a Doctor of Philosophy and History in 2003 from Columbia University.
He also played basketball for Yale and briefly played professionally in Europe in Paris and Spain. He has published two books: The Politics of Wine in Britain: A New Cultural History (2013) and A Long Shadow: The Story of an Ulster-Irish Family (2016).
The drinking question could be deemed relevant in two ways. It could taken as reaffirming the description of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. It could also be taken as evidence of perjury by Kavanaugh who denied such excessive drinking. The latter raises a tough question on the use of such an issue as drinking in college should be determinative in a Supreme Court confirmation. Clearly perjury is perjury but these are matters of opinions on how Kavanaugh acted as a college student when drunk.
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