Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday ripped liberals for attacking Maine Sen. Susan Collins in trying to push her to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying it proved "the desperation of the radicals to try to stop the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh."
"The harassment campaign from the far Left against Susan Collins — including threats of sexual violence against her staffers and potential illegal bribery — is truly shameful," the Texas Republican said on Twitter. "It won't work."
Collins, 65, who was first elected in 1996, is considered a crucial swing vote on President Donald Trump's nominee.
Newsmax reported Monday that two liberal groups, Mainers for Accountable Leadership and the Maine People's Alliance, vowed to raise $1.3 million for any opponent who challenges Collins for re-election in 2020 if she votes for Kavanaugh.
In addition, chief of staff Steve Abbot said Tuesday that staffers in Maine and Washington were receiving "vulgar" and threatening telephone calls and social media posts.
"We've had some very abusive callers," Abbot told an NBC affiliate in Maine. "We've had some very vulgar calls and sort of harassing the staff."
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