Collins is feeling the anger most because people assumed she was somehow different than the rest of her party, which pursued power at the cost of democratic norms, and is now more concerned with the treatment of men than survivors of sexual assault. Susan Collins said Kavanaugh's confirmation had a "silver lining". Susan Collins (R-ME) in 2020 will start off their campaign with almost $3 million, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Reacting to the news, Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro that his critics had "overplayed their hand" in their opposition to Kavanaugh.
There's a sleepy governor's race, one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the country, a US Senate race featuring incumbent Angus King, and battles for control of the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine State Senate.
"I think she did a disservice to people in Maine who were counting on her".
Back home in ME, the debate over Ms. Collins' future was heating up.
Collins did not vote "yes" on Kavanaugh on a whim.
"And it is important that we treat people fairly", Collins said.
"There is a special place in hell for women who cover for rapists", she said in an email blast after the vote. She has voted in favor of abortion and same-sex marriage while towing a more moderate line on economics.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of longtime ME politicians who appear to be taking a serious look at challenging Collins, which itself is notable.
Opponents of Collins have been raising money via Crowdpac, a nonprofit crowdfunding website, and by some accounts have taken in more than $2 million to date. "We will get you out of office". Now, those who are angry with over her vote are calling for a boycott on visiting ME or buying any of it's products until Collins is out of office. Protests grew following numerous allegations against the judge regarding sexual assault as well as evidence that he committed perjury during his confirmation hearings and a partisan tirade in which he claimed "the left" orchestrated the allegations and threatened, "What goes around comes around".
Follayttar's group joined two other liberal organizations last month to launch a campaign to pressure Collins, a key swing vote on Kavanaugh, to oppose his confirmation. Rice is not now a ME resident - she has family ties to the state - but would bring political celebrity that could make it hard for the state's shallow bench of lesser-known Democrats to stand out.
Rather than feeling condemnation for either, I felt that both acquitted themselves with honor, intelligence and virtue, and each put the well-being of the nation first in their decisions.
Collins won her re-election in 2002 with 58 percent of the vote in the general election, raising $4.2 million compared to her opponent Chellie Pingree's $3.8 million.