The sell-out vote of Susan Collins to confirm deranged Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is already causing hardship for her constituents in Maine.
Activists who are angry with Collins’s vote to confirm Kavanaugh say they will inflict economic damage on the Republican senator’s home state. They plan to boycott Maine products and cancel plans to vacation in the state.
“Susan Collins’s Kavanaugh vote sparks calls to boycott Maine products, tourism”
— The Hill (@thehill) October 9, 2018
According to the Portland Press Herald actor and comedian John Fugelsang wrote on Twitter Friday:
“Dear Susan Collins – I really struggled with this but my tourist $ just voted against ever visiting Maine while you remain in office.”
Fugelsang’s tweet received several hundred comments from users saying they would join Fugelsang in boycotting Maine. One person had already cancelled a $2,200 reservation at Maine’s Point Sebago resort.
John Tesar, who owns a chain of seafood restaurants around the country, has announced he will take hundreds of thousands of dollars in seafood business away from Maine fishermen.
Tesar told the Press Herald: “I’ll go to other states for all of the seafood that I have been buying from Maine.”
“I am so disappointed and angry at Collins,” Tesar said. “My intent is not to hurt the fishermen, it’s to have them vote her out of office. The only way to make a difference in this day and age is economically, and on November 6th.”
A lobster dealer in Maine told the Press Herald that he has already lost a few customers since the boycott started last week. It began after Collins announced in a Senate floor speech that she would be voting to confirm Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
Collins, who’s considered a moderate and has been a swing vote in the Senate, was lobbied by both sides before her announcement. She has been confronted with anti-Kavanaugh protesters on Capitol Hill, and at her offices in Maine.
While her political support has crumbled many people believe that Senator Collins plunged a fresh knife into the backs of American women.
On her MSNBC show, Joy Reid said that Collins was “the biggest fraud of the MeToo era.”
President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, already has said she is considering running for the U.S. Senate in Maine in 2020. She said she would decide what to do after next month’s midterm elections. There will probably be many other Democrats lining up to run against Collins in 2020 also.
The online fundraising site CrowdPac has raised over $3.5 million that will be given to Collins’ Democratic opponent in the 2020 race.
We can only hope that Senator Susan Collins is listening to all of these messages that are being sent to her. They are saying that she really messed up by voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, and millions of people will never let her forget it.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.