GOP senators slams activists protesting Collins ahead of Kavanaugh vote

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Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) toward joining them. Celinda Lake, a leading pollster and Democratic strategist, warned that Collins will lose her credibility as a moderate if she votes to confirm Trump's pick.

"The intensity on Collins and Murkowski is rising", he said, "but I think we have an even better shot of making them feel the heat if more Democrats would come out and express opposition, and create a dynamic like there was on health care, where it was clear that Collins and Murkowski would be the deciders".

Susan Collins of ME and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski back abortion rights, which could be threatened if a socially conservative five-seat majority were cemented on the Supreme Court.

Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins, separately gave The New York Times copies of letters and voicemail messages being sent to the senator's offices that included threats. Collins' office has received 3,000 coat hangers as well as an onslaught of calls, some of which have been vulgar or abusive. Members of the group have met with Collins over the past 18 months on issues such as protecting the state's young immigrants known as Dreamers.

"The idea of Susan Collins attacking an effort by 35,000 small dollar donors as bribery is politics at its worst", Marie Follayttar of Mainers for Accountable Leadership said in a statement. Angus King (I-Maine) ― who has indicated that he'll vote against Kavanaugh. President Donald Trump has said if he is able to put a second or third justice on the court - he nominated Neil Gorsuch to the court earlier this year - Roe v. Wade being overturned would "happen automatically". Although the Maine Senator has a very conservative voting record, she occasionally breaks ranks with her party-for example, Collins voted again impeaching Bill Clinton during his Senate trial in early 1999 and helped sink the American Health Care Act past year.

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The Crowdpac.com campaign to convince Collins to vote against Kavanaugh has raised $1,056,497 with 38,068 pledges as of Tuesday evening.

"We won't let it stifle us". The stakes were on display throughout the confirmation hearings last week, with about 70 people arrested on the hearing's first day and charged with disorderly conduct. Kavanaugh has indicated hostility toward the landmark 1973 abortion rights decision. The same shout-and-arrest pattern continued throughout the week.

"I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh", Collins told Newsmax's David Patten.

Democrats accused Republicans of seeking to ram the confirmation through without a thorough vetting before the November midterm elections.

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