Grassley Blasts Dems for ‘Abominable’ Treatment of Susan Collins Throughout the Kavanaugh Confirmation

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) made a call for unity after condemning the treatment of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) after she cast one of the deciding votes in favor of approving Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Long before the final vote, Sen. Collins’ office was facing a barrage of threatening messages and protests from some opposed to the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh.

During his interview with Fox News, Grassley explained his disgust with the treatment Collins and others faced during the confirmation process. He even promised to match the three million dollars that opposition groups have poured into Collins’ race.

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“I’m going to help raise three million dollars to match [the opposition’s donations] because that criticism is absolutely abominable, that they would say [Sen. Collins is a fake feminist] after everything thing that she stood for in her lifetime related to feminist issues. She’s been in the forefront of everything.

It just goes to show you how narrow the thinking of the opposition to Kavanaugh was that they would say those extremist, anti-Collins positions about a person who’s been with them most of the time.”

The chair of the Senate Judicial Committee quickly condemned the claims that “old, white men can’t be fair,” instead calling for unity.

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“First of all, there are only two of us on the Judiciary Committee that are old and I’m one of them. Everybody else is young. I don’t like to bring racist issues into it. I like to see people as Americans first and only as Americans. Now you can be proud of your background being an African American, being Hispanic, being from Italy, being from any place. You can be proud of your background, but I think we ought to not divide America. We ought to be thinking about how we’re all Americans to bring America together.”

It seems that Sen. Grassley hopes that the hate-filled division that bubbled up during the Kavanaugh hearings will evaporate out of the political discourse and return to a more civil standing.

What do you think?

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Phoenix
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I agree with him. But Senator Collins would have a much easier time of actually being able to listen to her constituents if out of state money was not allowed in elections.

I. Chin
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That’s an interesting concept, but HOW and WHY? PAC funding and contributions are usually commingled and their sources hidden.

This also denies national groups, like the RNC and DNC, unions, the NRA, the ABA, etc. from “backing” their candidates and MIGHT be construed as imposing on the 1st amendment.

Phoenix
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Screwtape, I don’t know enough on current laws to begin at outlining a viable solution. I know I sound like a three year old shouting it isn’t fair, but i just don’t like outside groups or people meddling in elections. I think the voice and concerns of local people get lost when you allow in out of state money. My concerns as a constituent are now second to the concerns of people who have more money and live everywhere but in my state. In the end, i get to vote – but my options are two people who will not… Read more »

I. Chin
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Phoenix, I agree that “outside” money is not without compromises. Consider this, if money is limited to “local” only will this mean only the well-backed or independently wealthy running for office? Local does not equal poor. This scheme is also objectionable. Yes, the lack of “direct” political voice can be disheartening, but it should also motivate you to BE a citizen. Participate in the campaigns of those you support. I do. (I also write checks because I can). Grassroots can be influential. “Think globally, act locally” can mean something. I live in the same neighborhood as my state rep, with… Read more »

Phoenix
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I’ll probably not see the light on this one, but indo appreciate the extra perspective. Most of what you say would be important even without outside big donors. The outside money just adds another layer of mess.

I’d also question if out of state donors actually caused an increase of the less wealthy running for office.

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