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Ex-area anchor quits California station after pro-Kavanaugh post

A former Dayton news anchor has resigned from a California television station after his Facebook post in support of newly-confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Kris Long, an anchor at Channel 2 in the late 1970s and early 1980s, stepped down from CBS Local 2 after his Facebook post last month, according to several media outlets.

Long’s post defended Kavanaugh against an accusation that the then-Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford, an acquaintance while in high school.

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Long had been off the air since Sept. 17 after his post triggered debate on the social media platform over Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the assault claim and journalistic ethics, according to the Palm Springs Desert Sun.

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Kavanaugh was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by vote of 50-48 Saturday and later was sworn in.

In a written statement on Oct. 5, Gulf California Broadcast Company General Manager Jerry Upham wrote that the Palm Springs CBS affiliate had accepted Long’s resignation “effective immediately,” according to the Desert Sun.

Upham added, “Kris Long has been an integral part of this company’s news organization and we’d like to thank him for his many years of service.” Upham wrote.

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Long also commented in the same written statement, according to the Desert Sun.

“I want to thank those who have offered support and apologize again for any I may have offended,” Long said. “ I hope to return to the news business in the future.”

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