The would-be candidates include Susan Rice, who had been one of President Barack Obama's closest aides.
Rice, however, said her "ties to ME are long and deep". Susan Collins' (R-Maine) vote to confirm U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, activists are calling for a boycott against the entire state of ME out of retaliation. Kavanaugh denied the accusations. While Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) reached opposite conclusions, each explained the careful and honest deliberation that led to their votes. Lisa Murkowski, was the lone Republican to oppose the nomination. But Republicans are aware that her position could make her vulnerable.
While both Ford and Kavanaugh testified about the allegations in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, the proceeding was not a trial and no verdicts were rendered. Manchin told The Associated Press last weekend that he followed Collins' lead. Her speech supporting Brett Kavanaugh and denouncing the smears against him and the distortion of his judicial record was as good as any delivered by her more conservative colleagues. For many years, the Christian Right complained bitterly because Kennedy and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (President Ronald Reagan's first Supreme Court nominee) weren't as far to the right as Justice Clarence Thomas or the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Democrats' prospect list is topped by Rep. Chellie Pingree, who Collins defeated once already, back in 2002. Her parents and grandparents on her father's side lived in the state. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement after receiving the Federal Bureau of Investigation report. "I have taken some time out of running for office to raise some young kids and they're getting a little older".
Diane Russell, a Democratic activist, said Collins voted to "betray ME women and ME survivors" by ignoring their stories.
Other potential prospects include former state house speaker Emily Cain, state attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills, and liberal activist Betsy Sweet. "She didn't stop", Trump said.
In what might be one of those "carved in stone" quotes, Ms. Collins delivered her most profound line: "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy". "But we also had a case where Judge Kavanaugh came forward and said, 'I'm 100 percent certain that this did not happen, ' so here you have two people who are each 100 percent certain of what they're saying under pain of perjury".
"A few weeks ago I made the mistake of taking my #Kavanaugh frustration out on Senator Susan Collins".
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Berry is also open to a Senate bid. Though there were no corroborating witnesses and Mrs. Ford, herself, could not remember significant details about the evening, virtually all Senate Democrats and many Americans appeared ready to lynch Brett Kavanaugh, causing harm to his reputation, character and grief to his family and friends, including many women who issued statements about his honor and fitness for the court.
The senator announced this past Friday that she'd support Kavanaugh. Rice is weighing whether to try to unseat Republican Sen.
"Maine and America deserve better", Rice said.
Rice later clarified her initial tweet, saying that she was not making a formal announcement, but expressing "deep disappointment" in Collins.
Rice has a home in ME, a source said, and her family has ties to the state: Her mother, an education policy expert who was instrumental in the creation of the Pell Grant, was born there.
The fundraising effort says if Collins were to vote yes on Saturday, that $3 million would go toward her future opponent.
Rice also said her family "goes back generations" in ME and that she's owned a home in the state for the last 20 years. "Disaster", one reportedly texted, citing her credibility. However, due to Senator Collins I can no longer support products from Maine.
Ho said she did not expect the level of "trolling" she's had with the petition.