No vote on RBG successor until after election, Susan Collins says

Jeff Sessions, Susan Collins
Collins, who has a reputation as a moderate, represents a key vote.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Saturday there should be no vote on a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after the election.

Collins said in a statement that she doesn’t object to President Donald Trump making a nomination to fill the vacancy or for the Senate Judiciary to begin vetting the nominee. But she said any vote by the full Senate should come after the election.

“In fairness to the American people, who will either be reelecting the president or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the president who is elected on Nov. 3,” she said.

Collins, who has a reputation as a moderate, represents a key vote.

It would take only a handful of GOP senators to block Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said he intends to call for a speedy vote on Trump’s nominee.

Collins, who’s in a tough reelection battle as she seeks a fifth term in office, angered many in Maine with her vote for Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. And she was already getting pressure from various groups to delay the nomination of Ginsburg’s replacement.

In her statement, Collins talked about acting “fairly and consistently — no matter which party is in power.” In 2016, McConnell blocked then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland in an election year.

Both independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine agree there should be no successor until after the election. U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, didn’t take a position in a statement issued Saturday.

Ginsburg died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87.

Associated Press


5 comments

  • James Robert Miles

    September 19, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Gee, imagine that. Susan Collins has a brain! You have to understand. Rules that the GOP applies in one year with a President from a different party, don’t apply when the President is a GOPer! Double standard from the GOP hypocrite party. Under Trump, the GOP has become the party of the lawless. McConnell can’t wait to stack the Supreme Court with another right-winger so that they can undo Roe V Wade and Gay rights and anything else pertaining to human rights! Being the fascist party that they are, you know, the GOP extremist party. DUMP TRUMP and the GOP hypocrite party and save America in 2020!

    • Dr. John McMahon

      September 19, 2020 at 11:51 pm

      GEE JAMES ROBERT MILES, don’t you usually wait for your muse Sonja the Fitch witch to complete her routine Orange Man Bad derivative post before you can think of something to say? You however ALSO post the exact same thing every week and it sounds just as vapid and boring as the least ten times! You got TRIGGERED CRYBABY when your fellow ACLU Communist hag Ruth the Baby Killer passed away. Now buckle up for the next SCOTUS conservative female Judge who will end Roe V Wade for eternity . (SO Get to your safe space SNOWFLAKE)!

      • James Robert Miles

        September 20, 2020 at 8:03 am

        You have nothing to say so go F yourself. Trump is a monsterous A-hole and apparently so are you!! This is still a free country although Trump is working hard to change that so I will say whatever I want and if you don’t like it than don’t read it. It’s called an opinion, idiot.

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 20, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Collins is a liar! Vote Democrat up and down ballot! The filth and stink of goptrump cult has to be banished to the bowels of hell!

  • James Robert Miles

    September 20, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    So far there are at least 2GOP Senators who say they will NOT vote for a Supreme Court Justice until after the election. Nancy Pelosi may even file for another impeachment of the Trumpster which would further delay the process. Good! How’s that for ‘snowflakes’ “Dr.” Quack McMahon? DUNP TRUMP 2020, Save America!!

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