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Cardinals’ Bidwill issues support for Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill issued his support of former Georgetown Prep High School classmate Brett Kavanaugh, who was nominated Monday by President Donald Trump to replace retiring Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy.

Bidwill, who graduated from the high school outside of Washington D.C. in the class of 1983, organized a letter of support for Kavanaugh, who must be approved to his new post.

“I’ve known him for more than 37 years,” Bidwill told AZCardinals.com. “We stayed in close contact over the years – we have a pretty tight high school class – and we all knew Brett was pretty special. He’s got a sharp mind. He’s been a brilliant jurist for a long time.”

The letter was written to Senate leaders, including majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY.

Trump announced Monday night he would nominate U.S. appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

“There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving,” said Trump, who called Kavanaugh “one of the sharpest legal minds of our time.”

Kavanaugh was selected off a shortlist thought to have included federal appeals court judges Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett.

Kavanaugh, 53, was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. in 2006. He graduated from Yale Law School and at one point clerked for Kennedy. He also served in the George W. Bush White House.

Last month, after Supreme Court completed its session, the 81-year-old Kennedy announced he would be stepping down at the end of July. Kennedy has been a justice for the country’s highest court since being appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1988.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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