Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, center, serves macaroni and cheese to the homeless as he volunteers with Catholic Charities on July 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Supreme Court nominee dishes out mac and cheese to homeless

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pausing in his pursuit of Supreme Court robes, nominee Brett Kavanaugh donned a blue apron Wednesday (July 11) to help serve meals to the homeless.

The conservative appellate court judge chosen by President Trump to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy stood outside Catholic Charities in downtown Washington, where he spent an hour dishing out mac and cheese to a long line of people, many of whom did not appear to recognize the newly minted nominee in a baseball cap, polo shirt and shorts.

"Want some mac?" Kavanaugh asked, as he scooped it into paper to-go boxes to accompany barbecue sandwiches, watermelon and chips.

Kavanaugh was greeted by the Rev. John Enzler, the president and CEO of Catholic Charities in Washington who has known the judge from the time he was an altar boy. Enzler, who attended the White House announcement Monday, said Kavanaugh is part of a Roman Catholic society that volunteers to serve meals a number of times a year.

Enzler said Kavanaugh was already scheduled to participate Wednesday and checked earlier in the day to see if he should still attend. He arrived with a security detail but strove to keep a low profile, asking the priest not to tell the crowd who he was.

"He's a man for others," Enzler said. "It's all about service."

A graduate of a Jesuit high school and an active member of a local Catholic church, Kavanaugh stressed his faith in his remarks at the White House on Monday and acknowledged Enzler and Catholic Charities.

"I am part of the vibrant Catholic community in the D.C. area," he said. "The members of that community disagree about many things, but we are united by a commitment to serve."

Earlier in the day, Kavanaugh returned to Capitol Hill to meet with key Republican senators as Democrats escalated efforts to block his confirmation. Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the court's session in October. Democrats, who are in the minority, may not be able to block him, but they argue that Kavanaugh would shift the court further to the right, potentially threatening access to abortion and undermining the Affordable Care Act.

(Catherine Lucey writes for AP.)


  1. Cynical perhaps, but everyone knows these events are set up for a photo shoot to show how nice the guy can be when pictures are being taken. The real sign of his integrity, is what does he do when there are no cameras?

  2. This must be a hoax. White people are born Racists. And born anti-Semitic. This is staged.

  3. As the article states, Kavanaugh is part of a Roman Catholic society that volunteers to serve meals a number of times a year.

    There are two Jesuit high schools in DC, both of whom have programs which serve meals to the homeless. Kavanaugh went to one of them (Georgetown Prep – the other is Gonzaga College High) and folks who know him tell me he participates in the school program then, so I am not surprised to find as an adult he continues to do the same.

  4. “…everyone knows these events are set up for a photo shoot…”

    Unless I have reason to believe otherwise, I’ll give the organizers of this event the benefit of the doubt that it’s a sincere effort to engage in a work of Christian charity. I’ll give Judge Kavanaugh the same benefit of the doubt.

    As I read this article, I could almost picture some regular posters on this board scrutinizing it for something to criticize the judge about. The idea that someone they disagree with can still be a decent human being just doesn’t compute for some folks.

  5. I have no difficulty with him helping people. I have difficulty with him needing to advertise it

  6. What makes you think this was about his need? He’s a public figure, in the news, and he’s a regular at this event. It’s not surprising that the press was there to cover it.

    The fact that he called first to ask if he should still come suggests that his default mode was to downplay it, not make a big deal out of it.

    Sandi, you and I don’t know each other well, but my guess is that you’re likely more sympathetic to Judge Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court nominee than I am. I find it ironic that you’re cynical about his charity work while I’m inclined to think he’s being sincere. Go figure.

  7. Don’t know how this relates to his qualifications as a SCOTUS nominee but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt regarding his sincerity and charitable work.

  8. Because he’s Catholic, i.e., not a real christian according to Sandi’s criteria, right?

  9. Couldn’t tell you. I don’t worry about stuff like that. For me, the bottom line is that people were fed that day who otherwise wouldn’t have been. I don’t care whether the people who fed them were Republicans, Democrats, Christians, Muslims or atheists.

  10. smiles……I don’t know an awful lot about him. It’s like kissing babies to me though

  11. It was an Associated Press staffer who reported on it.

    Folks are following him around and need to show something to their bosses from time to time to get paid.

  12. Obviously, this is not a mere photo-op. Kavanaugh has been doing these works of charity for a long time. A Jesuit education does not return void.

    Having said that, I can’t help but ask:

    He can dish it out. But can he take it?

  13. I agree with you Sandi. The anti-Christ is not concerned about this pick. If he is…………….he will surely have his ministers do a JFK on him. That goes for every public official. Why Trump is safe. There is NO political solution. Only a Spiritual one. And we know that is unlikely to happen — “When the Son of Man returns, will He really find faith on the earth?” Answer — NO. The Falling Away is almost complete. Our redemption draws nigh.

  14. Wow. a whole hour… and photographed for every minute of it. If that’s not a man of the people, who is? /sarc

  15. Yep, he favors Republican policies that will give him and his charity and other charities more and more homeless and more poor people and more poor children to feed. His party believes that low wages are the way to “prosperity.”

  16. His party has not been nominated to the Supreme Court.

    Brett Kavanaugh has not run for office, and as a result any suggestion “he favors” this, that, or the other involves

    trying to parse the bird entrails from his decisions.

    That’s a hogwash approach since it assumes that, like the uber liberal justices, he pays little or no attention to the law and precedence and rules according to his whims.

  17. In an unrelated note, various business/financial news sources are making a lot out of Judge Kavanaugh’s rather massive personal debt ranging between $60,000 – $200,000 from credit cards and personal loans.

    Could he be succeptable to bribery?

    Especially by a wealthy president with a history of making shady payments?


  18. Yes, but only if he cares for Mac & Cheese.

  19. Can a guy help it if he loves the Nationals?

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