Sen. Collins mistakes free speech for bribery

13 September, 2018, 19:41 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • Sen. Susan Collins arrives at the Kennedy Center for a tribute concert for Sen. Edward Kennedy on Mar. 8 2009 in Washington DC

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, came to Collins' defense on Wednesday, tweeting through his office account that "every Democrat should be condemning these antics in ME - attempting to bribe Senator Collins to vote against Judge Kavanaugh and threatening sexual violence against staffers if she votes for him is absolutely disgusting".

But because these two senators are Republicans, activists are anxious that they will vote with their party to confirm Kavanaugh.

Bribery will not work on Senator Collins.

Collins and U.S. Sen.

It looks as though all Senate Republicans will vote to confirm, with Vice President Mike Pence available if needed as a backup. The centrist Heitkamp won by only 1% in 2012, and in 2018, she is in a very close race with Republican nominee Kevin Cramer-who is painting himself as reliably pro-Trump in the campaign.

And NBC's Kasie Hunt told "Morning Joe" Wednesday that Collins "had one 25-year-old female staffer have somebody walk up to them and say that they hope that she is raped and impregnated. Think of that every meal".

Collins, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, said the messages are "incredibly offensive".

For what it's worth, one Democratic challenger and one Republican challenger have announced intentions to run against Collins in 2020.

Pressed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., if he had asked police to intervene, Kavanaugh wrote, "No". Ted Cruz of Texas and Orrin Hatch of Utah.

One of the world's most successful professional dog mushers is speaking out against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Collins said their efforts "will not influence my vote at all".

Two Maine advocacy groups (Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership) have also joined together for an ingenious crowdsourcing campaign.

Earlier today this crowdfunding campaign surpassed the $1,000,000 mark on the backs of 36,752 pledges from people willing to donate their hard earned dollars to the cause. The Supreme Court is now split 4-4 among conservative and liberal justices.

As he had during the hearings, Kavanaugh declined to weigh in on what exceptions he would allow should Roe v. Wade be overturned, citing judicial independence. "Kavanaugh has accurately described his role in a controversial judicial nomination when he worked for then-President George W. Bush". (Many of those are $20.20 donations.) Unsurprisingly, Collins isn't too happy with the barrage of negative attention.

Barkan, in a statement, said Collins was "smearing a grassroots effort from regular people (who are) pleading with someone in a position of power to do the right thing".

So a group of liberal activists in ME created an unusual crowdfunding campaign that encapsulated both of these emotions: they raised money in the form of pledges that they said they would give to whoever made a decision to challenge Collins in 2020 if she voted for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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