Counting on Sen. Collins to do the right thing

Dear Editor:

This letter is addressed to Sen. Susan Collins.

Dear Sen. Collins:

I listened with cautious optimism to you last Sunday when you said wouldn’t vote to confirm an activist judge to the Supreme Court. But, Sen. Collins, I was hoping that you would take a firmer stance on this issue. This feels more like a political move that conveniently allows you to have it both ways. We saw what happened with your vote on the tax reform bill: a lot of talk, but at the end of the day, you caved. I know that you believe in a woman’s right to choose. Now is the time to stand by your principles and come out forcibly against any nominee who may overturn Roe v. Wade. From what I can see, any nominee currently on the short list will be looking to gut Roe. I worry, too, about the fate of the ACA with another Trump pick on the Supreme Court.

How in the world are we to allow an individual currently under investigation by the Justice Department for obstruction of justice (who happened to come to power under a shadowy Russian-influenced campaign) nominate a judge to the court that may actually be called to pass judgment on this very matter?

Furthermore, I continue to be appalled at Sen. Mitch McConnell’s hypocrisy. By what standard is it acceptable to refuse to hold hearings for an open seat on the Supreme Court in an election year (2016) but eagerly usher in a new nominee before the current year’s elections? Sen. McConnell’s blocking of Merrick Garland was a power grab beneath the dignity of the Senate.

There are Americans on each side of the political spectrum for whom ethics in government still matter. One day we will look back on this administration and judge our actions with a clear eye. Women of Maine and this country are counting on you to defend a woman’s right to choose. And all of us who care about American democracy are counting on you to stand up for what’s ethical and right. Thank you.

Lee Cline


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