ME-Sen: The New Yorker, “Susan Collins (R) Concerned That Amy Coney Barrett Too Indecisive”

Andy Borowtiz at The New Yorker strikes again:

Calling the Supreme Court nominee’s testimony “worrisome,” Senator Susan Collins said that she is concerned that Amy Coney Barrett is too indecisive to sit on the nation’s highest court.

“When she was asked a question, she often appeared hesitant, evasive, and wishy-washy,” Collins said. “That’s no way for a person serving in a high government position to behave.”

If you’re a fan of Borowitz, give the whole piece a read. In other Collins-related news, from Salon:

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who finds herself trailing Democratic challenger Sara Gideon in a hotly contested election battle with national implications, wrote contracting reforms as a member of the Senate Government Affairs Committee that appear to have directly benefited her future husband's lobbying and consulting firm.

While that firm had some contracts that coincided with Collins' tenure on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, it also landed a major $49 million contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2013 — the year after Collins stepped away from that committee.

Collins first met Thomas Daffron in 1974 when she was an intern in the office of Rep. William Cohen, who went on to serve three terms in the Senate. (Cohen, a Republican, has endorsed Collins for re-election to the Senate — and Joe Biden for president.)

But she was at least honest about this:

Sen. Susan Collins said that Republicans in Congress don’t have a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the Obama-era health insurance legislation.

In an Oct. 9 interview on Maine Public’s Maine Calling, Collins was asked by a listener to clarify whether or not there is a GOP plan to replace the ACA. President Donald Trump promised an alternative health care proposal several times during his presidency, but the White House has never released a plan or provided any further details.

“There is not a comprehensive plan that I have seen from the White House,” Collins said. “There are concepts, principles, executive orders having to do with prescription drug pricing, but I have not seen a comprehensive plan.”

And look who’s she’s getting help from to help her makeup her fundraising gap with Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon:

Kenneth Griffin of Citadel and Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone Group Inc. have written big checks to help Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine in her tough battle for re-election.

The two billionaires each gave $500,000 to the 1820 PAC in the third quarter, according to its latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. The super PAC raised $4.4 million, spent $4.6 million and ended September with $1.4 million cash on hand.

Other big donors include Las Vegas Golden Knights owner William Foley, investment banker Warren Stephens and Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, who each gave $250,000.

Meanwhile, Gideon is encouraging Mainers to vote early:

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Gideon says she was proud to cast her ballot for who she believes should be our country’s next leaders: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and vice president candidate Kamala Harris.

She also says she strongly supports ranked-choice voting and is thrilled to rank herself first in the Senate race.

Her message to Mainers? Think about what you are voting for as well as who you are voting for and vote like your life depends on it.

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