Charles ‘Chad’ Ludington, associate professor of history at North Carolina State University, attended Yale University with Brett Kavanaugh, where the two traveled the same social circles.
Ludington has come forward to dispute the Supreme Court nominee’s characterization of his drinking, saying Kavanaugh was a “frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker” during his freshman and sophomore years in college — and at one point, Kavanaugh’s aggressive drunken behavior started a fight that landed one of their friends in jail.
> On Sunday, he issued a statement about Kavanaugh in which he referred to the judge as “a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker,” in college. He said he felt it was his “civic duty” to tell people about his experience drinking with Kavanaugh.
> The Washington Post reported that Ludington planned to deliver a statement to the FBI’s Raleigh office Monday.
Ludington said in a statement to The News & Observer Sunday that he refrained from speaking up about Kavanaugh previously because he “had nothing to contribute about what kind of justice he would be.
> “I knew Brett at Yale because I was a classmate and a varsity basketball player and Brett enjoyed socializing with athletes. Indeed, athletes formed the core of Brett’s social circle,” Ludington said in the statement.
> But in recent days, Ludington said he became “deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale.”
The professor said he “cringed” when listening to Kavanaugh’s Fox News interview and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his drinking habits.
> “For the fact is, at Yale, and I can speak to no other times, Brett was a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker. I know, because, especially in our first two years of college, I often drank with him. On many occasions I heard Brett slur his words and saw him staggering from alcohol consumption, not all of which was beer,” Ludington said.
> “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.”
Though Ludington does not believe heavy drinking in college “should condemn a person for the rest of his life”, he does believe Kavanaugh’s actions now are relevant:
> Ludington said he has “direct and repeated knowledge about (Kavanaugh’s) drinking and his disposition while drunk.”
> “I do believe that Brett’s actions as a 53-year-old federal judge matter,” Ludington said. “If he lied about his past actions on national television, and more especially while speaking under oath in front of the United States Senate, I believe those lies should have consequences. It is truth that is at stake, and I believe that the ability to speak the truth, even when it does not reflect well upon oneself, is a paramount quality we seek in our nation’s most powerful judges.”