Welcome to 2020! While many took the holidays off, Senator Collins was repeatedly in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Senator aligned herself with President Donald Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on impeachment in a rare interview, her decades-old broken promise to Mainers on term limits made front page news, and she even received an enthusiastic Trump endorsement.
Here’s a quick roundup of what you may have missed:
Trump Backs Collins Re-election “100%”:
Donald Trump tweeted that he agrees “100%” that re-electing Senator Collins is vital for continued Republican control of the Senate.
Collins Sides With McConnell On Impeachment Process:
In an interview with Maine Public Radio, Collins said that she is “open” to calling witnesses in an impeachment trial — but a closer look at her comments reveals that her position “aligns her with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has all but promised a swift acquittal of Trump.” Maine Democrats are calling on Collins to stand up to her party and use her power in the Senate to secure a fair process.
Collins’ Broken Term Limit Promise Makes The Front Page:
Collins’ broken promise to serve only two terms continues to make headlines as she seeks her fifth term in the Senate after spending more than two decades in Washington and becoming an increasingly reliable vote for her party leaders and special interest donors.
New Reporting Digs Into Collins’ Support For Controversial Trump Nominees:
HuffPost revealed that Collins seems to suddenly be getting cold feet on Trump judicial nominees in a tough election cycle, but she "didn’t cast a single vote against one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees in 2017 and 2018.”
Washington Post: Susan Collins sounds like she’s covering for Trump
Portland Press Herald: Trump backs re-election of Sen. Collins
Lewiston Sun Journal: Term limits remain a hot issue on the campaign trail