A memoir written by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high school chum Mark Judge appears to support the timeline of when Christine Blasey Ford testified that she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh in the 1980s.
Blasey, now a research psychologist in California, has said she can’t remember the specific Maryland house where the alleged attack occurred — or the specific day in 1982. But she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that she happened to see Judge working at a local Safeway just weeks later and that he appeared uncomfortable when she spoke to him.
Blasey testified that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothing and placed a hand over her mouth to stop her from yelling at a small gathering at a house. Judge was in the room when the alleged attack occurred, she said.
Judge was not called to testify.
Blasey recalled spotting Judge working at the Potomac Village Safeway store about “six to eight weeks” after the alleged attack “arranging the shopping carts.” She said he was “nervous” and “uncomfortable saying hello back” to her, and “looked ill,” she told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Judge’s own words appear to back that up. He wrote in his 1997 memoir, Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk, that he worked for a few weeks as a bag boy at a “local supermarket” the “summer before his senior year” to “raise money for a football camp.” Both he and Kavanaugh were members of the football team of the all-male Georgetown Prep in Bethesda.
Judge recalled in the memoir frequently being blind drunk at high school parties.
“By now, even though I wasn’t drinking every day, I was completely hooked. Going a week without getting drunk was unthinkable. I was spending between four and seven nights with the gang,” he noted.
As for working, Judge wrote: “It was a nightmare. Invariably I would be hungover — or still drunk — when I got to work at seven in the morning, and I spent most of the first hour just trying to hold myself together.”
Judge graduated in 1983; the summer before would have been 1982. In addition, Kavanaugh marked off 10 days of football camp on his calendar beginning Aug. 22 in 1982.
In an attempt to be more specific about the date of her alleged assault, Blasey suggested: “If we could find out when he [Judge] worked there [at Safeway], then I could provide a more detailed timeline about when the attack occurred.”
A customer service representative at the Potomac Safeway had no comment when asked about Judge by HuffPost. But Judge’s job would have ended in time for football camp that summer. Six weeks before would have been in early July. On July 1, Kavanaugh’s calendar notes” “Go to Timmy’s for Skis” — possibly “brewskis” — “w/[Mark] Judge, Tom, PJ, Bernie, Squi.″
Judge has said he has no memory of the incident described by Blasey.
Kavanaugh also wrote “beach week” on his 1982 calendar, beginning June 6.
Judge devoted a section of his memoir to “beach week,” when Catholic high school students traditionally headed to the shore after school was out. During beach week, Judge wrote, “I had an opportunity to make some headway [with girls]. Most of the time everyone, including the girls, was drunk. If you could breathe and walk at the same time, you could hook up.”
Judge mentions the name “Kavanaugh” in his elementary school in his memoir. In another passage, he refers to a “Bart O’Kavanaugh” in high school, who drank so much that he “passed out.”
In his yearbook his senior year, Judge wrote: “Bart, have you boofed yet?” Kavanaugh wrote the same year in his yearbook: “Mark have you boofed yet?” The Supreme Court nominee testified Thursday that “boofing” referred to “flatulence.”
Kavanaugh called Judge’s memoir “fictionalized” in his testimony. It’s touted on Amazon as a “coming-of-age memoir” in which the “author recounts his own struggles against alcoholism.”