Susan Collins: I don't believe Kavanaugh was Ford's assailant

Glen Norman
October 10, 2018

"From my perspective we need a strong progressive woman to run, and that's who I'll be looking to support", Strimling said.

"I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh will overturn Roe v. Wade", Collins told Bash on CNN.

Flash forward to Saturday, when Collins stunned the left with her right hook. Ho said Monday afternoon that more than 1,400 people had signed the letter, but not all of those signatures were real. But when a group of protestors chanting "Show up for ME women, vote no" confronted her as she stepped to the podium, Collins had no visible reaction.

Rice has a home in ME, a source said, and her family has ties to the state: Her mother, an education policy expert who was instrumental in the creation of the Pell Grant, was born there.

"In one case - and we are going to turn this over to the police, but unfortunately, of course, the person didn't leave a name or number - but they actually threatened to rape one of my young female staffers", she said.

Both Collins and Flake voted with their party to cut off debate Friday and move ahead with a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination. Kavanaugh is sure to be the tiebreaking vote in a series of 5-4 decisions that will defy the will of the public, ensuring this fight will rage for years to come. "Don't be a dumb b-h", another male caller said.

Hirono also pushed back on Collins' assertion that the supplemental investigation yielded no corroborating evidence supporting Ford's account. "I can't see how - or why - that would be a news story".

Collins is up for reelection in 2020, and while no Democrat has officially challenged the longtime senator yet, whoever does will have lots of money to play with. More than 40,000 donors have contributed to the effort, which pledges they won't be charged if Collins votes against Kavanaugh.

Collins, a key GOP swing vote in the confirmation process, was referring to allegations made by Julie Swetnick, who said she had witnessed Kavanaugh attending more than 10 house parties between 1981 and 1983 where he and his friend, Mark Judge, were present.

Ho said she plans to collect signatures on the letter this week and submit the nomination October 14. Her office said on Sunday that she and her offices have been provided enhanced security for weeks because of "multiple serious threats".

She also "didn't speak to about 30 protesters gathered in front of her home in Bangor" on Sunday.

She is not on the ballot this fall, yet the fight over Susan Collins' political future is already raging.

Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama's national security adviser, said Sunday she'll decide after next month's midterm elections whether to run for the Senate from ME in 2020 and try to unseat Republican Sen.

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