Former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, Susan Rice is contemplating challenging Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) following Collins’ decision to vote ‘yes’ to Supreme Court Judge nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation despite several allegations of sexual misconduct back in his college days.
“What moved me . . . was a sense of outrage and frustration that somebody who fashions herself a moderate centrist, and somebody who cares for equal rights and LGBT rights and Roe v. Wade and all of this stuff, could in a very political fashion not just decide to vote for Kavanaugh but do it in a fashion that was quite dismissive of the concerns of many Americans and many Mainers,” Rice told the Associated Press. “So it was on that basis that I decided I would think about it.”
Collins didn’t take too kindly to the potential challenge and politely threw shade on Rice’s intentions to run.
“I’m going to do what I think is right. That’s what I owe my constituents,” Collins said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “As far as Susan Rice is concerned, her family has a home in Maine, but she doesn’t live in the state of Maine. Everybody knows that.”
Bold talk from Collins, who may have shot her own party in the foot. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court means a solid conservative majority and could set women’s rights back generations. Kavanaugh’s record shows him to be a pro life, which could ultimately mean a huge shift for abortion rights. It has also been highlighted that Collins has lived in DC with her husband since the 1970’s, making her shady remarks null and void.
Collins has taken her pettiness a step further by removing a former endorsement of Rice from her official website.
“UN Ambassador Nominee’s Deep Roots in Maine [...] Dr. Rice’s ties to our great state are the foundation of her character. Her grandparents emigrated from Jamaica to Portland one hundred years ago,” the now deleted endorsement reads.
“Although I knew of Dr. Rice when she worked at the National Security Council, I first met her when we both participated in seminars sponsored by the Aspen Strategy Group. I was so impressed with her brilliance and nuanced insights as we discussed foreign policy challenges.”
Unfortunately for Collins, the internet never forgets and the endorsement was still able to be captured and archived. Former White House staffer Ned Price tweeted the footage of the Collins’ high praise of Rice.
“Thanks for recalling,” Rice tweeted to Price. “I was very grateful for Senator Collins’ extremely generous endorsement of my nomination and her detailed description of my deep ties to Maine. 2009 seems like a long time ago now — on so many levels.”
And now thanks to Collins’ heinous betrayal, a series of donors have already invested in an opponent to the tune of $3.5 million if Collins supported Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
A Democratic shake up is certainly overdue. When it officially begins, this race will be one we will all be paying close attention to.