Sen. King says he'll vote no on Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Sep 13, 2018, 04:39
Sen. King says he'll vote no on Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

And in Maine, two groups opposed to Kavanaugh's confirmation (the Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership) have teamed up with Ady Barkan to warn Collins that if she votes for Kavanaugh, they will crowdfund her Democratic opponent (whoever that might turn out to be) when she seeks reelection in 2020. It's Collins' job to serve the people of Maine. 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.

A more conservative majority could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision guaranteeing abortion access.

At least one ethics expert consulted by The Washington Post said that it may very well violate federal bribery statutes, which prohibit giving or offering anything of value to government officials in exchange for any acts or votes. Pro-choice activists have reportedly sent Collins, who is one of the very few pro-choice Republicans, about 3,000 coat hangers, a reference to the risky and potentially fatal illegal abortions women were forced to seek out or self-perform pre- Roe v. Wade.

"The people of ME want to be clear with you, Senator Collins", the Campaign by Barkan reads.

Most senators' votes for or against Kavanaugh are foregone conclusions, but the Senate's two openly pro-abortion Republicans, Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, could potentially sink his nomination.

"The people of ME are asking you to be a hero, Senator Collins, " it noted, while warning that if she failed "to stand up for the people of ME and for Americans across the country, every dollar donated to this campaign will go to your eventual Democratic opponent in 2020". The president's popularity is declining in ME, and independent voters there, on whom Collins relies for re-election, are "wildly in love" with Sen. "She has to vote NO on Kavanaugh! That's going to make her seem a lot less independent", Lake told Huffpost. "She had one 25-year-old female staffer have somebody walk up to them and say they hope she is raped and impregnated".

But negative marks from Planned Parenthood could damage Collins and Murkowski, and the family planning provider is planning to "score" the Senate's vote on Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh's testimony did not appear to have cost him any support among Republicans, nor has it prodded two moderates in the caucus to declare how they will vote. Planned Parenthood only endorses politicians who have a 100 percent rating on choice issues, so the group hasn't endorsed Collins or Murkowski since 2010 and won't again. "If I vote for him, the money is given to my opponent for the 2020 race", she continued, emphasizing that, "this effort will not influence my vote at all".

"Senators hold the keys to women's fundamental freedoms in their hands", NARAL president Ilyse Hogue said in a statement.

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