Friday, 16 November, 2018

The $3 Million Crowdfunding Effort To Unseat Sen. Collins In 2020

As the decision looms anti Kavanaugh demonstrators weigh on a Maine senator’s tiny staff Collins: I did what I thought was right
Kenny Thornton | 09 October, 2018, 15:24

They had been counting on her to buck her party and vote against Justice Kavanaugh, a move that might have doomed his nomination.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was stalled by accusations of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college, but Collins and others said they were won over by his forceful denials and a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation report they say produced no evidence corroborating the claims. A floor vote is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

Later on Sunday morning, she told ABC's Jonathan Karl, host of "This Week", that she had already decided on her no vote on Kavanaugh prior to his testimony. For her, it comes down to believing that Kavanaugh will uphold Roe v. Wade.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) answers questions from reporters on allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill September 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. All of them involved the high court's constraint of the power of an overzealous president. "The opposition is largely driven by abortion-rights activists' fear that Kavanaugh could be the justice whose vote overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision".

Collins of ME said Ford's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was "heart-wrenching" but added that Kavanaugh also passionately denied her accusations. But she said there was no corroborating evidence, and indeed those Ms. Blasey Ford said were witness to the party where she said she was assaulted have all refuted her. "We still have in this country certain fundamental principles, due process, fairness, a presumption of innocence", she said.

Collins gave the White House a reason to be optimistic when she told CNN she found it to be a 'very thorough investigation'.

"If you care at all about women's choice, vote no Kavanaugh".

"I have great respect for Susan Collins, and I always have", he added.

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"The last 20-so years I've been a homeowner in the state of Maine, so it's not completely insane", she said, adding: "My bottom line is I'm going to give it due consideration, after the midterms". "If she had demonstrated the same commitment to the truth and came up with a different conclusion, I would still support her based on her efforts".

Democrats were hoping she would be a "no" vote, but Collins' support is the nail in the coffin on the fight against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"Here you have two people who are each 100 percent certain of what they're saying under pain of perjury", Collins told Bash.

In Washington, Democrats' disappointment was clear.

Collins was viewed as a potential swing vote for a Supreme Court nominee whose path to confirmation was shaken by sexual misconduct allegations made by three women including Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when he was in high school.

"As far as Susan Rice is concerned, her family has a home in ME, but she doesn't live in the state of Maine".

Sweet said a big factor would be whether Collins, 65, decides to run at all. But if she were to vote no, people who donated wouldn't be charged, and no money would go toward her challenger.

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