The swing-vote senator chose to support Kavanaugh’s confirmation to “the highest court in the land” after chaotic confirmation hearings as he was accused of sexual misconduct from decades ago, as well as other accusations, which resulted in an FBI investigation.
“I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” Collins previously said in support of then-nominee Kavanaugh. “The allegations fail to meet the ‘more likely than not’ standard.”
Collins was a crucial vote to confirm Kavanaugh, but leading up to her support for him, she and her family received threats during his confirmation process. She later revealed that Kavanaugh had sent her a text message after the confirmation saying “he would work hard to make me proud and the American people proud.”
The Republican senator told The New York Times in an article published on Saturday, “I do not regret my vote in the least.” She pointed to Kavanaugh’s record on abortion in backing her supporting for him.
“I’m an important voice for the nation in an increasingly polarized environment,” Collins told the Times. “There are so few members left in the center.”
She added, “It’s ironic to me that I am among Chuck Schumer’s top targets when there is no one who works more across the aisle.”
As IJR Blue reported, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (D) is looking to challenge Collins in the 2020 election. Gideon said in her announcement on June 24, “Susan Collins’ vote to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court may be paying off for her, but it’s put women’s control over their own health care decisions in extreme jeopardy.”
However, in a Maine polling by Gravis Marketing, conducted on June 24, Collins garnered 44% of the support by those polls, if the election were held that day, compared to 30% in support of Gideon.