Sen. Susan Collins, whose vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh resulted in a crowdfunding campaign that has now collected millions of dollars in pledges to defeat her in 2020, will get help from fellow Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley to counter the movement, according to Fox News.
“I’m going to help raise $3 million to match that because that criticism is absolutely abominable that they would say that about her for everything that she has stood for in her lifetime related to feminist issues,” Grassley told Martha MacCallum on “The Story.”
“She’s been on the forefront of everything.”
A group of liberal activists started the campaign last month to pressure Collins, whose vote helped secure the nomination for Kavanaugh – he was confirmed, 50-48, last Saturday following a contentious nomination process that featured testimony from a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago.
So far, the online fund has generated more than $3.6 million.
Collins called the campaign an attempt to extort her.
“They are asking me to perform an official act and if I do not do what they want, [money] is going to go to my opponent,” she told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday.
Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, called the criticism of Collins, “abominable.”
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