$3 million raised for Susan Collins' 2020 challenger

Planned Parenthood vs Susan Collins

She's not on the ballot for another two years, but interest in the Maine Republican senator's re-election has exploded in the days since she cast the deciding vote to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick. I'm not making any announcements. I can not weigh the political consequences. I like to see people as Americans first and only as Americans. "So it was on that basis that I decided I would think about it". He was confirmed the next day in a 50-48 Senate vote.

So far, no serious contender has stepped forward to challenge the only Republican senator from New England, who has found herself among a dwindling number of GOP centrists. While she lacks significant statewide name recognition, she said she will seriously consider running for the position.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Collins is a "top priority" when he was asked Saturday if she could be targeted by Democrats in 2020. Susan Collins' vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has several Democrats at least putting their name out there as potential 2020 challengers to the Republican, whose seat has always been seen as untouchable. Kavanaugh denied the accusations.

Collins hemmed and hawed her way through Kavanaugh's nomination hearings, at one point arguing that she believed him when he said Roe v. Wade was precedent that he would respect.

"This would be a good time to say I never called for a boycott of Maine", John Fugelsang said in a tweet Tuesday.




The politician from Maine took part in an interview on Sunday where she lashed out against several political groups including Be A Hero Team, Maine People's Alliance, and Mainers for Accountable Leadership who are raising funds for her opponent.

Former President George H.W. Bush tweeted support for Collins from Kennebunkport, praising her before the final vote for "political courage and class".

Collins said she sought however to empathize with Kavanaugh considering the allegations brought against him by Ford and two other women.

Collins ruefully noted it appears some women are turning on her after she's been a reliable advocate for women for 22 years in the Senate. She talked about this assault to her husband, to others, before Brett Kavanaugh was ever nominated to the Supreme Court. She called it "the most hard in the 22 years that I've been honored to represent the state of Maine in the Senate".

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