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Collins staffers say they're getting 'vulgar' calls over Kavanaugh
The Hill ^ | 09/11/18 09 | Jordain Carney

Posted on 09/11/2018 6:37:49 PM PDT by yesthatjallen

Staffers for GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), viewed as a key swing vote in the Supreme Court fight, say they are receiving "vulgar" phone calls over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination.

Aides for the moderate senator, on social media and in multiple reports published on Tuesday evening, detailed calls and voicemails Collins's offices have been receiving as the battle over Kavanaugh kicks into high gear ahead of an end-of-the-month Senate vote.

"We've had some very abusive callers. ...We've had some very vulgar calls and sort of harassing the staff," Steve Abbot, Collins's chief of staff, told a Maine TV station.

The TV station obtained voicemails being left at Collins's offices, including one caller who brought up a 2003 email where Kavanaugh suggested cutting a paragraph out of a draft op-ed that characterized Roe v. Wade as widely accepted among legal scholars as settled law.

"Have you seen the emails ...where he talked about Roe v. Wade not being settled law. He [bleeped] lied to you? How [bleeped] naive do you have to be?" the caller in the voicemail says.

Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins, separately gave The New York Times copies of letters and voice mail messages being sent to the senator's offices that included threats.

"Staffers in our 6 Maine offices - and in our D.C. office - are receiving offensive, sometimes vulgar calls - harassing the staff," Clark added in a tweet on Tuesday evening.

One caller, according to the Times, told a 25-year-old female staffer that he hoped she was raped and impregnated.

The frustration being fielded by Collins's staff comes as outside groups are stepping up their pressure on several swing votes, including Collins. How the group of moderates decide to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination will determine if he is ultimately confirmed.

A crowdfunding campaign aimed at getting Collins to vote against Kavanaugh surpassed $1 million on Tuesday.

The campaign, which is being run by Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership, has raised more than $1.06 million as of Tuesday evening.

The groups are pledging to donate the money to Collins's future Democratic opponent if she votes for Kavanaugh. Collins isn't up for reelection until 2020.

Collins has dismissed the effort, comparing it outside groups trying to "bribe" her into voting against Kavanaugh.

"I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh," Collins told conservative news outlet Newsmax.

The Wall Street Journal published an editorial on Tuesday warning outside groups that they couldn't "bribe" Collins.

When Clark shared the editorial on Twitter, Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the progressive group Demand Justice, seized on it as evidence that the outside pressure was getting to Collins.

"Collins aide now eagerly tweeting out editorials from the *Wall Street Journal* to rebut Maine groups' remarkable crowdfunding success that clearly has Collins rattled," Fallon said.

Clark responded by sharing a quote from Collins calling the crowdfunding effort "offensive."


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: 115th; brettkavanaugh; collins; kavanaugh; maine; nomination; rudedems; scotus; staffers; supremecourt; susancollins
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These 'vulgar' phone calls need to be released to the pubic.
1 posted on 09/11/2018 6:37:49 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
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To: yesthatjallen

Irrelevant.


2 posted on 09/11/2018 6:39:30 PM PDT by Eddie01
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To: yesthatjallen

I imagine there is a chance that the leftist terrorists will overstep.


3 posted on 09/11/2018 6:40:28 PM PDT by KC Burke (If all the world is a stage, I would like to request my lighting be adjusted.)
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To: yesthatjallen
Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins, separately gave The New York Times copies of letters and voice mail messages being sent to the senator's offices that included threats.

Why give the Slimes copies of the letters, they probably originated in their offices!

4 posted on 09/11/2018 6:41:33 PM PDT by capydick (“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.)
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To: yesthatjallen

The peace loving radicals, the ones who tell us love trumps hate, are showing their love........


5 posted on 09/11/2018 6:41:40 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: yesthatjallen
Definitely saying a person should be raped makes for a very convincing argument to sway a person on the fence away from the perspective of the caller making the threatening call.

Liberalism is indeed a mental disorder.

6 posted on 09/11/2018 6:41:45 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (California: knowingly give someone aids: misdemeanor. Give them a straw, go to jail.)
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To: yesthatjallen

Then that’s all the more reason to approve his nomination, Susie.

Flak = Over Target.


7 posted on 09/11/2018 6:42:01 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: yesthatjallen

Imagine that...


8 posted on 09/11/2018 6:45:01 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Free Republic Needs Your Monthly Donations!!!)
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To: yesthatjallen

Did the caller id say Pelosi and Waters?


9 posted on 09/11/2018 6:45:07 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Sen. Susan Collins is a maniac.


10 posted on 09/11/2018 6:45:59 PM PDT by IWontSubmit (2)
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To: yesthatjallen

Susan Collins is no moderate.

At best, she is an attention seeking control freak who thinks she’s cool to hold critical votes hostage to her juvenile sense of power.

I just wish she knew that those she feels are beneath her think she is a pos....


11 posted on 09/11/2018 6:46:19 PM PDT by KittenClaws (What liberals lack in intelligence and/or education, they make up for in furious malevolence))
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To: yesthatjallen

Post the letters and emails on your webpage, Senator. We the People would like to see what kind of crap the leftist baby-slaughterers have been sending you.


12 posted on 09/11/2018 6:48:15 PM PDT by NorthMountain (... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed)
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“The groups are pledging to donate the money to Collins’s future Democratic opponent if she votes for Kavanaugh”

Yet another reason why we need term limits in Congress.


13 posted on 09/11/2018 6:50:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: yesthatjallen

You’ll notice certain words like “Democrat”,”Liberal”, “Socialist” and “Soros” in this article. Make no mistake who the rude, abusive people are.

Of course, being Mainers, you can’t really understand what they’re saying anyway...


14 posted on 09/11/2018 6:50:36 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (CNN - the most busted name in news.)
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To: yesthatjallen

I read this piece to imply that it’s Republicans doing the harassing.


15 posted on 09/11/2018 6:50:50 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (I've Never Owned Slaves...You've Never Picked Cotton.End Of "Discussion".)
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To: yesthatjallen

Wait until Nov, these people are going to self implode


16 posted on 09/11/2018 6:51:10 PM PDT by rainee (Her)
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To: Eddie01

Irrelevant,,,
Agreed!

Target Acquired,,,

Launch!


17 posted on 09/11/2018 7:20:43 PM PDT by Big Red Badger (My Rights,,,Your Rants!)
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To: yesthatjallen
Great idea...

I want the Collin's people to post a photo of Susan Collins with all the 3,000 coat hanger they claim they have received...no photo's yet???

Soros and Hussein O. paying Collins staff with dirty money. Maybe Susan should question her staff talking to media...

Susan needs to retire...and get medical help...

18 posted on 09/11/2018 7:36:31 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: BenLurkin
“The groups are pledging to donate the money to Collins’s future Democratic opponent if she votes for Kavanaugh”

Like they weren't going to do that anyway?

19 posted on 09/11/2018 7:48:57 PM PDT by KevinB (I do not care for that Obama fellow.)
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To: yesthatjallen

Gee. I am so surprised. Could have knocked me over with a feather.


20 posted on 09/11/2018 7:51:30 PM PDT by rlmorel (Leftists: They believe in the "Invisible Hand" only when it is guided by government.)
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