Ted Cruz Bashes 'Harassment' of Sen. Collins' Kavanaugh Vote

This senator might vote for Kavanaugh. So activists sent her 3000 coat hangers.

"The people of ME are asking you to be a hero, Senator Collins", the campaign wrote.

Activists trying to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are threatening to make a hefty donation to Sen. Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership launched the effort, raising money for Collins' future opponent if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh.

"Your card will only be charged if Collins votes for Kavanaugh's confirmation, " the listing noted.

The senator and her Republican colleagues are decrying the effort in ME as attempted bribery, as attention shifts from Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings to the question of how lawmakers will vote on 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". "It still seems like they're saying if you don't do what we want we will spend $1 million and that strikes me as just as much as an inducement as saying we'll give you $1 million if you do what we want". "So at least 300 of them have gone to a very good cause". And Kavanaugh's opponents are fearful that Donnelly will vote for Kavanaugh if he fears that a vote against Kavanaugh could endanger his lead.

But the announcements came from Democrats who signaled skepticism about Kavanaugh when Trump nominated him in July and had been widely assumed to be "no" votes from the start. So far the group has raised $1.1 million from more than 40,000 pledges - and sparked plenty of debate. An initial goal of $300,000 was quickly surpassed last week. Lisa Murkowski, the Senate's other pro-choice Republican.

Even if Collins takes a stand against Kavanaugh, Democrats will still need one more vote to block the nominee, and liberals are looking to Alaska Sen. "The First Amendment guarantees their right to do so".

Yesterday Senator Collins was asked about this controversial campaign by conservative news organization NewsMax. She's getting an overwhelming amount of feedback from constituents pushing her to vote no, but she may be betting on the fact that in two years, people will have forgotten this specific vote. She called Collins' use of the term "bribery" a bogus legal threat.

"Attempts at bribery or extortion will not influence my vote at all", she said Tuesday, referring to the crowdfunding campaign for her potential opponent.

On social media, a number of the campaign's supporters pointed out the blatant hypocrisy of attacking small donors for attempting to persuade Collins to represent their interests, while happily accepting millions in corporate and PAC contributions over her decades in public office.

"And that was from two men, which I think really shows how this is an issue that's not just affecting women", McCammond said. Kavanaugh is committed to ending healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions.

That's corruption. That's what's wrong with American politics.

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