Mitch’s senator, not Maine’s

Dear Editor:

Susan Collins has declared herself “our senator” in her re-election ads. But when we review her voting record over the past 10 years, we see she is Mitch McConnell’s senator, not ours.

Trump promised to introduce the best health care coverage that would insure everyone for less money than they were paying if he were elected president. Four years later, we are still waiting for that magical plan to be rolled out. Instead, Republicans are working to take away pre-existing conditions, one of the most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act, after they were unable to muster the votes to repeal the ACA. Meanwhile, thousands of Mainers have lost their coverage under Trump and almost all of us are paying more for health care. Mitch McConnell has refused to consider dozens of health care bills passed by the House. But Collins is “concerned.”

In numerous emails and calls to Sen. Collins over the past four years, I urged her to vote against judges so unqualified, incompetent and biased that the American Bar Association refused to endorse them. One of the judges I asked her to flush was so incompetent he has never “written a coherent opinion,” according to the ABA, but yet Collins and every other Republican in the Senate voted to approve him to the bench. Another of the Collins-supported judges announced, on multiple occasions, that Roe should be overturned and, if given the chance, she would vote to reverse Roe. Several other judges are more than happy to allow gerrymandering and voter suppression to continue so long as the scales are tipped towards the Republicans.

When I emailed Collins urging her to vote against one of Trump’s cabinet nominees, she responded that she doesn’t consider the character of a nominee when she votes. Maybe if she did consider character we could have avoided Sessions, Zinke, Pruitt, Carson, DeVos, Barr, Tillerson, Ross, Acosta, Price and dozens of other Senate-approved nominees who resigned or were fired via tweet after being rubber-stamped by the Republicans in the Senate.

As thousands of Mainers struggle to buy food and keep their homes, Collins took a three-week vacation in August. However, during this break she did write an open letter to the postmaster general urging him to not destroy the postal system until after the election. My father was wounded in WWII in the South Pacific defending our country. Where is Collins’ condemnation of Trump for calling him and thousands of Mainers “losers” and “suckers”? Of course, crickets from Collins and the rest of the Republicans running for re-election this fall.

Maine deserve a senator who supports the needs of all Mainers instead of just the ones Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump decide will vote to keep them in office.

Gary Loft