Spotted: Susan Collins very far from Maine

Many U.S. Senators use recess to go home to their states and hold events with their constituents. But this week instead of hopping a flight north to Maine, Susan Collins headed in the opposite direction: to a luxe resort in sunny Palm Beach, Florida.

This morning Politico Playbook reported Collins was spotted very far from Maine:

Palm Beach does sound nice this time of year. But it doesn’t seem wise to ditch Maine voters with less than two years to go until an election. What was Collins doing? Fundraising? Vacationing? Casual hobnobbing? The world may never know.

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Susan Collins Enabled the Trump Administration’s New Anti-Planned Parenthood Rule

American Bridge released the following statement after the Trump administration issued a new rule that would effectively cripple family planning centers like Planned Parenthood, barring millions of women from accessing affordable reproductive healthcare.

“This cruel and draconian rule was enabled by Susan Collins, full stop,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “She voted to confirm President Trump’s HHS Secretary, who oversaw the issuing of this rule. She voted for multiple Supreme Court justices who are likely to rule in favor of it. And she has consistently failed to stand up to President Trump with any meaningful action. Susan Collins owes Mainers more than her empty rhetoric. If past is prologue, they’re unlikely to get it.”

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QUICK CLIP: They’re Toast

Don’t take it from us. Even conservatives are admitting President Trump’s national emergency declaration spells trouble for 2020 Senate Republicans.

This weekend, talking heads and pundits filled the airwaves with grim predictions for Senate Republicans who are increasingly between Trump and a hard place as 2020 approaches.

Jennifer Rubin: “I think Susan Collins is going to be toast. I think Cory Gardner is going to be toast. I think Thom Tillis is going to be toast.”

Watch Rubin on MSNBC here:


Watch the full clip here.

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Susan Collins’ legacy and re-election are tied to Kavanaugh

“When Collins delivered her floor speech, ‘she guaranteed that she would own every single thing he did,’ said Amelia Penniman, spokeswoman for the progressive research PAC American Bridge. ‘Every single damaging vote he casts is going to be tied to Susan Collins.’”

Maine Beacon: Sen. Collins’ legacy, and her re-election, may be tied to Kavanaugh

By Robin Bravender | February 13, 2019

Whether she likes it or not, Sen. Susan Collins can expect to take heat just about every time Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh takes a conservative stance on a polarizing legal issue.

That was evident last week after Kavanaugh broke from his colleagues in an abortion ruling. The Supreme Court’s majority blocked a Louisiana law that would have restricted access to abortions in the state, but Kavanaugh argued the law should have gone into effect.

Groups that criticized Collins after her pivotal vote last year to confirm Kavanaugh seized […]

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Democrats Come For Susan Collins After Brett Kavanaugh Backs Anti-Abortion Law

“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.’”

Huffington Post: Democrats Come For Susan Collins After Brett Kavanaugh Backs Anti-Abortion Law

By Jennifer Bendery | February 10, 2010

WASHINGTON ― 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 […]

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Kavanaugh’s attack on Roe v. Wade is Susan Collins’s legacy

“Brett Kavanaugh has a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court because Susan Collins was the deciding vote to put him on the bench. 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. 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,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman.

ICYMI — Collins got a major fundraising boost for her Kavanaugh vote.

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NEW: Susan Collins Raised More Money From Brett Kavanaugh Supporters Than Mainers

“‘For all the talk about Collins’s record-setting quarter, the reality is that she raised more money from Kavanaugh sympathizers than she did from the people she’s supposed to be representing,’ said Amelia Penniman, a spokeswoman for Bridge. ‘That fact speaks volumes and underscores exactly why her days in the Senate are numbered.’”

Huffington Post: Susan Collins Raised More Money From Brett Kavanaugh Supporters Than Mainers

By Amanda Terkel | February 6, 2019

“Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) had the best fundraising quarter of her life in 2018, boosted in part by her decision to support Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.”
“Collins raised $1.8 million in the last quarter of the year, but just $19,000 of that money came in itemized donations ― contributions of $200 or more ― from residents of Maine.”
“In contrast, $32,000 came from public advocates of Kavanaugh’s nomination, according to a review by the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge […]

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Facing Tough Re-Election, Collins Whitewashes Her 94% Voting Record with Trump

 

American Ledger: Facing Tough Re-Election, Collins Whitewashes Her 94% Voting Record with Trump

By Chad Smith | January 30, 2019.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, refused to endorse President Donald Trump for re-election on Tuesday, part of a pattern of the past two years in which she downplays her support for Trump, expresses deep reservations about his presidency then, ultimately, pushes his agenda through.

Days after the Republican National Committee pledged to give Trump unprecedented support heading into the 2020 election, Collins told “PBS NewsHour” she hadn’t decided whether she would support Trump.

“I’m really focused on my own campaign for 2020, and I really haven’t focused on the presidential campaign, so I’m not prepared at this point to make that decision,” Collins said. “I’m going to have to see what happens between now and then and look at what his record is.”

But Collins, who is running for a fifth term […]

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SHOT/ CHASER: Susan Collins Breaks Her Own Rules on Roe v. Wade

Susan Collins famously excused her vote for Brett Kavanaugh based on her belief that he would not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

She’s getting ready to vote on another high profile Trump nominee, Attorney General nominee Bill Barr. But while Barr is on the record as anti-choice, his hostility to Roe v. Wade apparently isn’t a deal breaker for Collins.

SHOT: Collins is reserving judgement on Barr.

CHASER: Barr is on the record as proudly anti-choice.

CNN: AG nominee William Barr in 1992 CNN interview: Roe v. Wade ‘will fall’
By Annie Grayer | January 11, 2019

“‘I think that Roe v. Wade will ultimately be overturned,’ Barr said on CNN’s ‘Evans & Novak.’ ‘I think it’ll fall of its own weight. It does not have any constitutional underpinnings.’”
“‘Over time, I think, and with further appointments to the Supreme Court, I think that the Roe v. Wade […]

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