Skip to comments.Collins May Face Republican Challenger Next Year (Maine)
Posted on 12/03/2013 5:25:55 AM PST by cotton1706
AUGUSTA The founder of a constitutional rights group that opposed same-sex marriage in Maine said Monday that he plans to challenge U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in the Republican primary next year.
Erick Bennett said he tried unsuccessfully to recruit others to run against Collins, a three-term incumbent who has carved out a reputation as a moderate Republican. So Bennett said he agreed to run against her in the Republican primary.
Unless she has a challenger, people are not going to have a choice. And unless there is a choice, people are not going to know what they are getting, said Bennett, a Portland resident who ran as a write-in candidate for mayor in 2011.
Bennett is the founder of the Maine Equal Rights Center, a conservative group that formed last year to oppose the successful ballot initiative that legalized same-sex marriage in the state. Bennett labeled gay marriage as communism and predicted the practice would legalize discrimination.
His group is now trying to gather signatures for three referendum campaigns in 2014: to nullify the national Common Core educational standards in Maine; to eliminate Maines concealed handgun permit requirement; and to require parental consent for abortions on girls age 16 and under.
While some polls have suggested that Collins could be vulnerable to a more conservative primary opponent, Bennett would face a difficult road as a little-known challenger to an incumbent senator with more than $2 million in her campaign account.
Shenna Bellows, the former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, is running against Collins on the Democratic ticket.
Collins office did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the potential primary challenger.
No more republican senators running unopposed! Especially the moderate ones!
Tea Party and Conservative Republicans HAVE declared war on the GOP.
Unlike, Mitch...I think that’s a good thing.
Should we set up a pool for how many Rinos will get the boot?
Support Dwayne Stovall to oust John Cornyn in TX
Support Joe Carr to oust Lamar Alexander in TN
Support Lee Bright to oust Lindsey Graham in SC
Support Chris McDaniel to oust Thad Cochran in MS
Support Katrina Pierson to oust Pete (NOT Jeff) Sessions in TX-32
Support Bryan Smith to oust Mike Simpson in ID-2
Support David Hale to oust Adam Kinzinger in IL-16
I sure would support anybody that is in favor of REPEALING the 17th Amendment.
I’m pulling for a clean sweep.
Thanks for the list/links.
Perhaps only one or two incumbent Rhinos are defeated.
But, in the next two to four years, more Rhinos may retire rather than face primary challengers.
In FACT the GOP has declared War on Conservatives and the TEA “Party” movement.
This is an act that the RINOs will deeply regret.
This country doesn't stand a chance when so many members of the "Opposition" to the socialist state are actually socialists themselves. The path back must start with either a victory with Conservative candidates and principles, or a crushing defeat with "moderate" candidates who tacitly support the Democrats' establishment of the permanent and tyrannical welfare state. We cannot survive with the enemy in our own camp.
There's a little more work to do then. Inhoffe, Sessions, Scott, and Risch are all running unopposed.
“There’s a little more work to do then. Inhoffe, Sessions, Scott, and Risch are all running unopposed.”
And I’d prefer that these four also have primary challengers (except perhaps for Scott, since he’s been there only a year). I don’t like the idea of incumbents just sailing back into office. But at least these four are solid conservatives.
Collins’ ratings are even worse than you thought! Here’s her average:
Collins (ME) - 06/10/14 - 25% (Average) - 25% (Heritage) - 38% (CFG) - 20% (ACU) - 18% (FreedomWorks)
Curious. Back when I was a liberal Democratwhen you could be for American military supremacy, against abortion, and unconfused about marriage and still call yourself a liberal DemocratRepublicans with beliefs similar to Sen. Collins, such as Jake Javits, Nelson Rockefeller, or Mark Hatfield, were referred to as "liberal Republicans."
We Democrats thought of them as the good guys, because they agreed with us liberals, more or less. And by the way, there were "conservative Democrats" then, too, mostly from the South. We considered them evil.
What does it tell us that the state-run media now calls liberal Republicans "moderates," when the same alphabet networks used to call them "liberal"?
Thanks for the post; links; thread. BUMP for Erick Bennett!
I live in Maine.
Snowe retired because she was going to face a very tough primary from a previously unknown namee Scott Damboise.
As soon as she announced her retirement, a half dozen party favorites jump in to counter Scott, who recieved no backing. The word had gone out not to donate any serious money to Scott.
The election was lost to the alleged Angus King. The big wind mogul of Maine.
The Maine GOP is already cirlcing the wagons for Collins.
As for the Dem, Shenna Bellows, she the former head of the ACLU in Maine. But when working bills at the capitol, she has a much better understanding of the Constitution than most repeblicans.
The dem machine is gearing up here in Maine to take the seat. Regardless who the GOP end up with, it’s my bet Shenna Bellows goes to Washington.
I live in Maine too.
As painful as it is, I've got to agree.
“The dem machine is gearing up here in Maine to take the seat. Regardless who the GOP end up with, its my bet Shenna Bellows goes to Washington.”
Well, if Collins is the republican nominee, either way a democrat is going to Washington, to be one of Schumer’s republicans, who will assist Mitch McConnell and John McCain to undermine conservatism. I hope she’s removed one way or the other, because if republicans take the senate, she’ll be a Jim Jeffords.
Don’t forget Chris McDaniels against thad coch-roach
So you don’t want Maine to elect a Republican again ?
Honesty, these nutcases with the anti-17th crap need to put a cork in it. Collins would be replaced with a rat if the GOP can’t retake the Maine leg, reelected if they did. All these conservative challengers mentioned on this thread would have no chance.
Anyway, glad to see that Suzie has a primary challenger.
“and to require parental consent for abortions on girls age 16 and under”
Please note that I am by no means opposing laws that will move the ball down the field for us, such as banning abortions after 20 weeks (when the status quo is abortion on demand until the moment of birth). But there are many ways of restricting abortion and saving babies (such as waiting periods, requiring ultrasound, parental notification laws, making it illegal to transport a minor across state lines to avoid notification requirements, etc.) that are not inconsistent with the scientific truth that human life begins at conception and with the fact that abortion is the intentional taking of an innocent human life, and that no one can consent to the intentional taking of an innocent human life.
Obama's actions on this issue speak for themselves. If he really felt that the voters and NOT state politicians should be choosing U.S. Senators (as he CLAIMED during his debate with Alan Keyes), he would have forcefully used his star power and the bully pulpit to shame his buddies in the Illinois legislature into having a special election for his vacant Senate seat after Blago got arrested trying to solicit bribes for it. But Obama didn't lift a finger, and was quite content to let Blago appoint whoever he wanted to fill the vacancy.
Anti 17th = dirty irmas that effect thinking processes.
Susan Collins is a “republican”? Who knew?
Frankly, I’m more than ready for us (Texas) to secede. We can get along just fine without the USSA. Better than they can get along without us.
Repeal the 17th and the Democrat legislature of Maine elects Liz Warren types. Being from Texas, how would you have liked David Dewhurst in the Senate seat instead of Ted Cruz ? That’s what you get when you repeal the 17th and empower politicians.
What do you not like about Sen Sessions? He’s doing more than most others (in the Senate) in standing against amnesty (and 0’HusseinCare).
Nothing in particular. I was responding to someone who wants every race opposed, and there is something to be said for that. Regardless of who the incumbent is, forcing him or her to contest for their seat every election is not necessarily a bad thing.
You make a very6 good point. However, the 17th has also given us the gaggle of Morons that is today’s Senate.
We really do need to return to Constitutional principles.
I'm glad Cornball is being challenged, but it's going to take a miracle to oust him, in this state. (Was SO hoping Louie Gohmert would've run against Corny.)
His challenger has a lot of work ahead of him...an endorsement from the Senate Conservatives, FreedomWorks, etc would certainly help.
unfortunately ... when Collins does retire, guys like Bennett will support a handful of primary candidates, splitting the vote and giving us another “Collins or Snowe”.
Maine conservatives specialize in that.
That is how Collins got her start many years ago.
Quite, Collins got just 21% in the EIGHT way primary for Governor in 1994, the runner up with 17% was ambulance chaser Sumner Lipman (was he a conservative?), in third with 16% was 1988 Senate nominee Jasper S. Wyman.
Unfortunately in the 1996 Senate primary her conservative opponent, wealthy State Senator W. John Hathaway (I assume no relation to rat Senator William Hathaway), was dogged by years old accusations of statutory rape and she won big despite a narrow poll lead prior to to scandal
The final results were Collins 55.5%, Hathaway 31%, and a third candidate, Robert Monks 13.5%. Monks sounds like an ultra-liberal RINO worse than Collins (he backed Obama in 2008 and is famous for attacking corporations) so perhaps the main effect of the scandal was that his supporters abandoned him for Collins to keep Hathaway from winning as Monks was actually polling slightly ahead of Hathaway according to the Times article. Weird race.
Fun fact I didn’t know before, Collins left Maine (or DC actually) to serve as Deputy State Treasurer in MA in 1993 under GOP Treasurer Joe Malone before returning to run for Maine Governor.
I just want to know when Susan Collins morphed into a little Chinese woman...
Dude, she’s had some BAADDDDD work done.
Yes, we do need a return to Constitutional principles. Repeal of the 17th won’t get us there, however.
Collins actually looks alarmingly like my grandmother who died in her late 40s. :-\
Not on it’s own. That said, it would be a nice start.
I am so sick of CT Rinos ... and being surrounded by them ... and a lot of other stuff, too.
Should I move to Uraguay?
The President of Uraguay is socialist and former commie guerrilla fighter José Mujica. He is term limited in 2014.
Are you prepared to help the people of Uruguay elect a decent leader or will you just lay around all day?
i think I’ve done about 15,000 doorbells since fall 2007 ... but it has left me disenchanted with the public ... so laying around all day sounds good.
Maybe the folks in Uraguay are cut from a better cloth.
Well they elected José Mujica President, so I’d say they’re get from a worse cloth.
Not that I don’t think the good people of CT would elect a Castroist guerrilla if given the chance, they might. Ned Lamont is close.
well, it ain’t who they a-lectin’ that is annoying ... it is the fact they are 99% indifferent ... the GOP voters.
When we win a local race, the response from our voters is “don’t care if we won or not” ... they have made a religion out of political indifference. Given up.
Example, gay marriage ... there was no grassroots backlash at the polls when gay civil unions was passed and no backlash in 2010 after the gay marriage law was put in force (court and legislature) ...
there ain’t nobody that wants a backlash ... I am a one-man army on sabatical.
The gun groups ... different story.
Taxpayers and RINO yappers talkin bout fiscal responsibility ... yes we got that.
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