Collins’ Statement on Supreme Court Vacancy Leaves Mainers With More Questions Than Answers

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Mainers Demand Straight Answers from Senator Collins on How She Will Actually Approach the Pending Supreme Court Nomination 

Portland, MAINE — Mainers are demanding straight answers from Senator Susan Collins, but true to form, her response raises more questions than answers. In her statement on the status of the US Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Collins says she thinks President Trump should defer the nomination of the next justice for whoever wins the upcoming election —but also that Trump is perfectly within his rights to name a nominee and that Collins has no problem with the Senate holding hearings. Also absent from the statement is if she would intend to vote for the proposed nominee if that vote came to the floor. 

Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already stated their intention to name a nominee and begin Senate proceedings in the coming weeks. 
 
“This statement is classic Collins: She took a stand — on the one question that’s not actually up for debate. Now that it is all but certain that Trump will name a nominee and Mitch McConnell will move forward with the Senate confirmation process, Mainers deserve real answers,” said Willey Ritch executive director of 16 Counties Coalition. “Will Susan Collins be a willing participant in these hearings? How will she wield the power she purports to have? Will she stand up for Mainers who want to reserve the nomination for the next president, or follow the lead of her boss Mitch McConnell and the Federalist Society members who fund their campaigns as she did with the Kavanaugh nomination? Susan Collins has already shown us that she can’t be trusted to put Mainers first. We deserve to know what she is really up to.” 


About the 16 Counties

16 Counties Coalition is a year-long grassroots advocacy campaign aimed at amplifying the voices of families and working Mainers and encouraging Senator Susan Collins to vote in favor of the people she was elected to represent and defend. The campaign will mobilize members through small- and large-scale events, through digital action, and paid television, radio, and digital ads.


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The 16 Counties Coalition is a year-long grassroots advocacy campaign aimed at amplifying the voices of families and working Mainers and encouraging Senator Susan Collins to vote in favor of the people she was elected to represent and defend. The campaign will mobilize members through small- and large-scale events, through digital action, and paid television, radio, and digital ads.

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