Kavanaugh Opponents Play Hardball With Sen. Collins

  • Kavanaugh Opponents Play Hardball With Sen. Collins

Kavanaugh Opponents Play Hardball With Sen. Collins

Ariane de Vogue and Phil Mattingly report for CNN that "a$3 fter spending more than 20 hours testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is still answering questions", as "Democrats are following committee rules and sending Kavanaugh pages and pages of so called 'questions for the record.'" Todd Ruger reports for Roll Call that "a$3 s the Senate continues its processing of ..." And they mean business: so far, they have raised more than $1 million, all of it earmarked for Collins' future opponent should she vote for Kavanaugh.

They "have structured the campaign in a way that the action they will do if she does what she wants is that they will refund the money but that seems to be a fictional distinction", Noti says. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. At USA Today, Erin Kelly reports that Judiciary Committee "Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released an agenda Monday with Kavanaugh's name at the top of a list of judicial nominees that the committee will consider Thursday", but that "Democrats are expected to use a committee rule to delay the vote until September 20 or 27".

Collins herself told conservative publication Newsmax that the effort would not change her vote on Kavanaugh, equating it with a bribe, and saying, "I think it demonstrates the new lows to which the judge's opponents have stooped".

King says he wouldn't expect Trump's nominee would have any more regard or decency, and he reminded Murkowski: "You're our senator, not Trump's". "So at least 300 of them have gone to a very good cause". His office said the senator also took into account, "the opinions of thousands of ME people who have written and called into his office or approached the Senator personally". Activists opposed to Kavanaugh have attempted to pressure her to vote against his confirmation or face repercussions when she is up for reelection in 2020. If she heeds protesters' warnings and votes against him, the money will be returned to the donors.

Ms. Collins has not yet revealed how she plans to vote, but had previously said she wouldn't back a nominee hostile towards women's reproductive rights. An initial goal of $300,000 was quickly surpassed last week.

Bribery will not work on Senator Collins.

Collins told the AP that she hasn't made up her mind yet. "The First Amendment guarantees their right to do so".

"I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh", Sen. "Attempts at bribery or extortion will not influence my vote at all". She called Collins' use of the term "bribery" a bogus legal threat.

Along with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Collins' vote could change the outcome of this critical legislation.

Meanwhile, supporter Julie B endorsed the campaign, saying "women will stand together to protect our rights and what is right".

"And that was from two men, which I think really shows how this is an issue that's not just affecting women", McCammond said. Here it is: Senator Collins took over $5 million from PACs and large donors like the Koch brothers. "Vote against us and we give her the money".