Susan Collins Cast the Crucial Vote for Brett Kavanaugh. His Biggest Backers Returned the Favor. - 2020-07-01
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has been the object of liberal ire since her 2018 vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Now in a tight re-election fight, whatever hopes she might have had of putting that episode behind her were dashed this week, when now-Justice Kavanaugh cast a dissenting vote in the Supreme Court's latest decision to uphold the legal framework that grants access to women seeking abortions.
But the legacy of Collins' vote on Kavanaugh hasn't been all bad for the longtime Maine senator. In fact, it's appeared to earn her some powerful and deep-pocketed new allies.
Collins, who's staked out a brand as a pro-choice moderate Republican over her nearly 24 years in the Senate, has historically never been a favorite in the conservative legal circles embodied by the Federalist Society, a leading group of right-of-center attorneys and legal thinkers.