Sen. Susan Collins(R-Maine) refused to budge on her controversial assistance for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh‘s verification last year, and now the repercussions of that decision may be coming home to roost.
In an interview with Politico released Monday, the senator noted that her choice to guarantee Kavanaugh after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually attacking her when they were in high school will undoubtedly affect her reelection bid, however Collins suggested that her choice was justified.
” Have I lost some votes since of my choice to support Justice Kavanaugh? Yes, I have. And I’m sad about that due to the fact that I discussed in terrific depth my decision-making,” she stated before including that there is still “a gratitude in Maine for someone who takes a look at the realities of a problem, votes with integrity and independence.”
Collins, called a moderate, was once untouchable in Maine politics, conveniently winning the 2014 election with simply over 68%of the vote
However as 2020 looms, it is significantly clear that it will not be smooth sailing for Collins this time. Recently, The Cook Political Report changed its Senate election forecast for the state from “lean Republican” to “gamble,” showing there’s lessened confidence in Collins’ possible to win.
On the other hand, her opposition, Democratic state Home Speaker Sara Gideon, who got in the race in June, has actually tried to utilize a few of Collins’ choices, such as her endorsement of Kavanaugh, to depict her as a partisan figure.
” At one point, maybe she was various than a few of the other folks in Washington, however she does not appear that method any longer,” Gideon stated in her campaign announcement video, including that her “vote to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court may be settling for her, but it’s put females’s control over their own health care decisions in severe jeopardy.”
Collins raised $1.8 million in the last quarter of 2018 following Kavanaugh’s verification, however just $19,000 of it came from Maine residents. On the other hand, Kavanaugh fans contributed $32,000 to Collins, according to an evaluation from liber very PAC American Bridge 21 st Century.
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