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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Senator Susan Collins hears from a constituent - echo letter to the editor

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/09/16/letter-to-the-editor-opponent-gets-my-support-if-collins-backs-kavanaugh/

Echo letter published in the Maine newspaper The Portland Press Herald
Sen. Susan Collins accused me of trying to “bribe” her when I pledged $20.20 to her future opponent if she votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. I’m not a criminal. I’m a citizen. I’m not offering to pay Collins for a vote – I’ve decided to support a different candidate if she chooses to support this nominee. 

I’m not alone: As of press time, more than 46,000 people have pledged more than $1.2 million to her 2020 opponent if she chooses Kavanaugh for the highest court.

Collins claims the Crowdpac fundraiser is of questionable legality, though experts note that donations to a challenger don’t “bribe” the incumbent. Collins raised $6.2 million between 2009 and 2014, with 44 percent from political action committees, according to Federal Election Commission filings. It’s little wonder that Collins is rattled by the Crowdpac campaign: Since late August, it’s raised nearly 20 percent of her five-year take, and it’s done so with average donations of $27.74.

Unlike many of the super PACs that pour into Collins’ coffers, this effort is being led by Mainers, alongside Ady Barkan, a health care activist and young father dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Like Ady, I’m disabled, and like my young niece, I’ve had a pre-existing condition since childhood. Kavanaugh has not committed to upholding protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

I’m worried by Kavanaugh’s emails suggesting he hasn’t testified truthfully under oath. I disagree with his views on guns and reproductive rights, racial profiling, torture and the rights of indigenous Americans. I’m deeply troubled that he thinks it should be illegal for a sitting president to be investigated. 

No one should be above the law.

If Sen. Collins votes for Kavanaugh, I don’t think she should be re-elected, and I’ll help fund her opponent. There’s nothing criminal about that.

Jill Piggott, Hope Maine

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