Yes, many Republicans voted yes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. But not all of them faced the pressure that Sen. Susan Collins did. And she outlined some of the bribes and the threats against her when she appeared on “60 Minutes.”
Collins blasted the blatant ploy to essentially buy her vote made by a leftist Crowdpac campaign.
From Fox News:
“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,” Collins told CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”
The political groups Be A Hero Team, Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership had called out the senator before her vote, with a Crowdpac campaign titled: “Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent.”
Collins is not up for re-election until 2020. The campaign has raised more than $3.5 million and counting.
“This is a classic quid-pro-quo as defined in our bribery laws,” Collins said in the interview.
The man behind the fund tried to argue it wasn’t a bribe.
In response to her “60 Minutes” comments, Be a Hero founder Ady Barkan suggested that Collins was “smearing a grassroots effort from regular people pleading with someone in a position of power to do the right thing.” Mainers for Accountable Leadership co-founder Marie Follayttar added: “The idea of Susan Collins attacking an effort by over one hundred thousand… small-dollar donors as bribery is politics at its worst.”
“There is a word that describes our efforts to pool small donations for Collins’ 2020 opponent: ‘democracy,'” Maine People’s Alliance added. “We are so inspired by the tens of thousands of people who are making their voices heard by making small donations to support a new leader to represent Maine in the US Senate.”
The deal was if she voted no, they wouldn’t process the money people had donated and if she did vote yes, they would. So yes, pretty clear that it was a quid pro quo action for a vote.
Not only that but she faced all kinds of threats including threats to the young female staff in her office.
She told Scott Pelley that it had been very difficult. “I’ve had the honor of serving in the Senate for nearly 22 years and this is as ugly a situation as I’ve ever seen during that time,” Collins said. “I have had to have security because of threats against me and family members and staffers, and this has been unlike anything I have ever been through.”
“I have had to have security because of threats against me and family members and staffers, and this has been unlike anything I have ever been through,” says Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine about the Kavanaugh confirmation process. pic.twitter.com/HrAzoAqQtO
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 7, 2018
And here’s what clarity of thought looks like, unlike the jumbled word salad that Sen. Lisa Murkowski threw out to justify her vote.
This is working through the question logically and basing it on the evidence.