GOP senators condemn 'vulgar' messages directed at Collins over Kavanaugh vote

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She has previously voted against the Republican Party, most notably during the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Although the Maine Senator has a very conservative voting record, she occasionally breaks ranks with her party-for example, Collins voted again impeaching Bill Clinton during his Senate trial in early 1999 and helped sink the American Health Care Act past year.

Collins is referring to a large-scale crowdfunding effort by which liberals have raised about a million dollars to influence her against Kavanaugh.

Two groups of ME progressives have pledged to donate up to $1.3 million to Collins's next opponent if the ME senator votes to confirm Kavanaugh, Newsmax reported.

Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins, separately gave The New York Times copies of letters and voice mail messages being sent to the senator's offices that included threats. 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".

Adav Noti, a senior director at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, which works on rules of ethics and finance in government, told The Washington Post that he thought the listing was illegal, noting that bribery is a federal crime. "Your swing vote could decide whether a rubber stamp for Trump's anti-healthcare, anti-woman, anti-labor agenda gets confirmed to the Supreme Court-costing millions of Americans their healthcare, their right to choose, and their lives". If Collins opposes Kavanaugh, none of the donors will be charged for the money they pledged.

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Susan Collins of ME and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski back abortion rights, which could be threatened if a socially conservative five-seat majority were cemented on the Supreme Court.

All six of Collins' offices in ME are receiving letters, emails, visitors and a high volume of phone calls and voicemails about Kavanaugh and Collins herself.

That doesn't sound like someone who is impressed by the Democrats' disgusting antics.

For what it's worth, one Democratic challenger and one Republican challenger have announced intentions to run against Collins in 2020.

Collins has been considered a potential vote against Kavanaugh on the abortion issue since she supports abortion rights and hinted last week to a Maine newspaper that if Kavanaugh "was not truthful [during his confirmation hearing], then obviously that would be a major problem for me".

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