Collins, a moderate Republican, remains undecided on Kavanaugh, but she sharply criticized escalating rhetoric about the upcoming vote on President Trump's nominee, and a fundraising campaign that will funnel money to a potential Democratic opponent in the 2020 election if she votes to seat Kavanaugh.
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At issue has been the unprecedented process the Senate Judiciary Committee used for gathering documents on Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge who is President Donald Trump's nominee to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy on the court. He said senators have "more than enough information" to consider Kavanaugh's nomination.
Hunt, a Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC, appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", where she reacted to the abusive calls Collins' office has received in the past week. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who along with Collins supports abortion rights, also has yet to announce her vote. "Think of that every meal". Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) condemned the activity as "shameful" and "disgusting".
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) has turned his Twitter attention to items other than the Judge Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court since last week's hearings ended. "It won't work", Cruz wrote in a tweet.
Collins objects to the "Be a Hero" campaign started by Ady Barkanz, a national health care activist with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and local advocacy groups Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership. "Vote against us and we give her the money".
"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". The Supreme Court is now split 4-4 among conservative and liberal justices.
A more conservative majority could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision guaranteeing abortion access.
The Boston Globe said in an editorial yesterday: "Kavanaugh's obvious hostility to abortion rights is alarming". "These are very high stakes".
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. "At The New York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and others report that Collins has called "'[t] This quid pro quo fund-raising campaign ... the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me.'" The editorial board of The Wall Street Journal agrees, suggesting that "the next time progressives complain about the menace of money in politics", they should be reminded "of their failure to object to the crowdfunding bribe offered to Senator Collins".
Collins insisted that "this effort will not influence my vote at all".