Susan Collins Says Whoever Wins on Nov. 3rd Should Pick Next SCOTUS Judge
Revered Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday night. Mitch McConnell could barely wait to put out a statement that Donald Trump would get a vote on a nominee. Trump also tweeted on Saturday morning about his intentions to fill the seat.
Any nominee, however, would have to be confirmed by Republican senators. If 4 of these senators say they plan on waiting until the next president is inaugurated, Trump and McConnell’s plans could be altered. On Saturday, Maine’s Susan Collins became the first Republican senator to say that whoever wins on November 3rd should pick the nominee.
“Given the proximity of the presidential election … I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election,” the Maine senator said in a statement. “In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing 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 November 3rd
Collins actions aren’t entirely benevolent. She is locked in a tough race for her senate seat and polls show that her opponent, Sara Gideon, has opened up a huge lead.
The long serving Maine senator made the unpopular decision to approve Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination in . She may just be looking to avoid the same mistake.