Republican darling Senator Susan Collins is emboldened more than ever, and now she is going after Democrats who back Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
The politician from Maine took part in an interview on Sunday where she lashed out against several political groups including Be A Hero Team, Maine People’s Alliance, and Mainers for Accountable Leadership who are raising funds for her opponent.
The campaign, which has raised more than $3.5 million thus far, was launched after Collins pleased President Donald Trump by voting for nominee Kavanaugh to sit on the Supreme Court.
Talking to 60 Minutes, Collins bashed the groups by saying: “This is a classic quid pro quo as it is defined in our bribery laws. They are asking me to perform an official act, and if I do not do what they want, $2 million plus is going to go to my opponent. I think that if our politics has come to the point where people are trying to buy votes and buy positions, then we are in a very sad place.”
She also sat down with CNN and defended her decision to back a man accused by many women of sexual assault.
Collins said: “I found Dr. Ford’s testimony to be heart-wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe that she believes what she testified to. But we also had a case where Judge Kavanaugh came forward and said, ‘I’m 100 percent certain that this did not happen. So then I had to look at the other evidence and was their corroborating evidence.”
One Democrat disappointed by Collins’ vote stated: “I have no respect for Sen. Collins. How can you endorse a vote for a man who acts disrespectful and partisan.”
Another person explained: “After yesterday’s vote I would support Senator Collins’ 2020 opponent even if this is Zombie Spiro Agnew.”
A third commenter added: “Susan Collins betrayed women with her support of Kavanaugh. Millions of American women have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape and we are sick of the perpetrators being appointed to the highest offices of the land. Replace Sen. Collins with a Democrat who will support women’s rights!”
Collins will be up for re-election in 2020 and former President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, seems to be interested in running.