Dems. Come for Susan Collins after Kavanaugh Backs Anti-Abortion Law
Repub. Susan Collins has been a favored senator among Democrats because she sometimes criticized Trump and would vote with the Dems., particularly on women's issues.
That's all over now. Susan just earned a place on the enemies list!
"Progressive advocacy groups are furious about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh voting Thursday to let an anti-abortion law take effect in Louisiana. But they are directing their ire at another person too: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
Collins, who is up for re-election in 2020, was pivotal to Kavanaugh’s narrow October confirmation to the court. . . . Collins, who says she supports abortion rights, defended her vote by saying she believed he would follow Supreme Court precedent ― that is, preserve Roe v. Wade.
But Kavanaugh voted Thursday to let a Louisiana law take effect that would have left the state with just one physician allowed to perform abortions ― a break from precedent, as the law is virtually identical to a Texas anti-abortion law that the Supreme Court struck down in 2016. He was on the losing side of the court’s 5-4 decision . . . , but Kavanaugh took the extra step of writing a dissent, saying he would have let the law take effect.
Demand Justice, a progressive judicial advocacy group, is already up with a digital ad this weekend in Maine highlighting Collins’ vote for Kavanaugh. . . .
“Collins promised to protect women’s rights,” read words across the screen. “It was all sham.”
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“Brett Kavanaugh has declared war on Roe, and Susan Collins is the one who made it possible,” said Executive Director Brian Fallon. “Collins now owns every decision that he makes.”
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“We were called crazy and hysterical for suggesting he was hostile to #roevwade even though his record was clear,” Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, posted on Instagram. “Susan Collins, you own this.”
Amelia Penniman, a spokesperson for the progressive research group American Bridge, said Kavanaugh wouldn’t even be on the court if it weren’t for Collins’ deciding vote.
“It has always been crystal clear that he intended to use his position to attack abortion rights, and thanks to Susan Collins, women will now pay the price,” Penniman said in a statement. “This will go down in history as a key portion of her legacy, and it’s a reality that she will have to answer for next year when she faces voters.”
Collins raised nearly $1.8 million in the last quarter of 2018 and the vast majority of it came from out-of-state supporters of Kavanaugh. It was the best fundraising quarter of her life."
Of course, if she is more interested in fundraisers than in women's rights, despite her claims, she obviously chose the right path --financially, that is.