Republican Sen. Susan Collins just stabbed President Donald Trump and conservatives in the back by voting against his judicial nominee.
The Maine senator is feeling the heat in her reelection campaign after voting for Supreme Court Justice Bret Kavanaugh.
And now it appears that she is working to appeal to some of the more liberal citizens of her state by going against her own party, The Hill reported.
GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) on Wednesday voted against a district judge nominee of President Trump’s who was considered controversial because of her views on abortion.
Republicans were able to break the filibuster on Wendy Vitter’s nomination to be a judge in the eastern district of Louisiana in a 51-45 vote all but guaranteeing she will be confirmed on Thursday. But Collins, who is up for reelection in 2020, was the only GOP senator to oppose advancing Trump’s pick.
A spokeswoman for Collins confirmed that her vote against advancing Vitter during Wednesday’s vote meant that she would also oppose her for confirmation on Thursday.
Vitter is the wife of former Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), whose time in the Senate overlapped with Collins. But she’s come under intense scrutiny for her views on abortion, including appearing at a rally opposing the construction of a Planned Parenthood clinic, where she accused the group of “killing over 150,000 females a year.”
At a 2013 conference Vitter appeared to back a brochure that linked abortions to breast cancer and taking birth control to an increased likelihood of violent relationships.
“Go to Dr. Angela’s website, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, download it, and at your next physical, you walk into your pro-life doctor and say, ‘Have you thought about putting these facts or this brochure in your waiting room?’ Each one of you can be the pro-life advocate to take that next step. That’s what you do with it,” she said at the conference according to NPR.
Senate now voting on a procedural step to advance another Trump court pick, Wendy Vitter, a vocal opponent of abortion rights who initially didn’t tell senators about her past extreme comments on the topic.
Susan Collins just voted no.
Murkowski just voted yes.
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) May 15, 2019
Senate votes to break Dem filibuster of Wendy Vitter to sit on a district court, 51-45. Susan Collins voted against advancing the nomination of her former colleague’s wife
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 15, 2019
Susan Collins just voted no.
Murkowski just voted yes. (2/2)
— SNOWMAN 🌊 (@sam_says_2) May 15, 2019
Too little, too late @SenatorCollins Dye is cast & you are not on right side of history.
— Leslie Proll (@LeslieProll) May 15, 2019
While I might appreciate her for this it will never make up forBrett . @SenatorCollins you had a chance to be a hero. How do you feel today? Gullible?? Played? Snookered? I felt all of those feelings with your YES vote. @ewarren @CoryBooker @tedlieu @KamalaHarris
— ALERA JILL ELLIOTT (@JillyBits) May 15, 2019
But @lisamurkowski a yes, so they are obvs in cahoots to take heat off each other
— Jane (@jlogue14) May 15, 2019
.@SenatorCollins has a lot to be ashamed of. And she thinks will help her retain her Senate seat.
Vote @SenatorCollins out.
— Disco Potential (@DiscoPotential) May 15, 2019
Susan Collins is running scared for re-election.
— Kelly Desmarais (@desmarais_kelly) May 15, 2019
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