ME-Sen: Joe Biden Endorses Sara Gideon (D) In Her Bid To Unseat Sen. Susan Collins (R)

Some big news today out of Maine:

Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden endorsed House Speaker Sara Gideon on Friday in her effort to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, saying Gideon can help “restore the soul of America.”

“This November, we need to restore the soul of America by ending the presidency of Donald Trump,” the former vice president said in a statement released Friday, citing Gideon’s legislative record on prescription drugs and climate change.

Collins got an endorsement from Trump in December when he tweeted that Collins is crucial to maintaining a Republican majority and she showed “unbelievable courage” with her 2018 vote for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She declined to back Trump in 2016 and has not said whether she will vote for him in 2020.

As The Boston Globe points out, Collins is trying to localize her race but it’s not going to happen:

Yet these days, most politics — even most Maine politics — are no longer local. Witness what just happened with the influential LGBTQ advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign. Long a Collins backer, the organization endorsed Gideon this week.

Its choice of Gideon over Collins came in large part because Collins would vote for Mitch McConnell (or another Republican) for Senate majority leader — and thus help enable the conservative party.

“We are fighting for our lives, and the only way to advance LGBTQ equality through the Senate is to install a new pro-equality majority leader and replace Mitch McConnell,” HRC president Alphonso David explained.

That helps demonstrate how the national political polarization has caught up with Collins. (The League of Conservation Voters, which has backed Collins in the past, has also switched, as has Planned Parenthood, which honored Collins as recently as 2017.)

And get ready for more ads reminding voters about the real Susan Collins:

Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched an ad campaign against Sen. Susan Collins Thursday, hitting the Maine Republican over her vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The ad campaign, which is backed by a six-figure buy and will predominantly be featured on Facebook and Instagram, points to Kavanaugh’s recent vote to uphold a Louisiana restriction on abortions, noting Collins had expressed confidence prior to her confirmation vote that the judge would maintain access to the procedure while on the high court.

“Susan Collins trusted Brett Kavanaugh to protect safe, legal abortion,” a female narrator says in the ad, which was obtained exclusively by The Hill. “But she was wrong. Kavanaugh voted against abortion the first chance he got. Susan Collins can’t be trusted to protect our reproductive health and rights.”

The ad urges Mainers to pressure Collins to oppose any future judicial picks and ends by urging voters to “tell Susan Collins to reject Trump’s extreme judicial nominees.”

Let’s get rid of Collins and make sure the Blue Wave hits Maine hard. Click below to donate and get involved with Gideon, Biden and their fellow Democrats campaigns:

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