Evie Fordham, DCNF
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ Washington office received a “three-foot-long cardboard cutout of male genitalia” as liberal activists attempt to sway and even scare her away from supporting the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, reported The Washington Post Thursday.
Collins has scheduled a meeting with Kavanaugh Friday to discuss concerns she has about supporting the potential Supreme Court justice, reported WaPo.
In addition to Collins’ staff reporting being sent the obscene cutout, which was accompanied with profanity, the senator’s staffers have also been inundated with less-than-polite calls from Kavanaugh protesters, according to WaPo.
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office weighed in on the cutout via TwitterThursday evening.
“The left’s campaign to pressure Senator Collins has gone from threats of sexual violence against young staffers to actual sexual harassment,” the tweet said. “This is abhorrent behavior and (again) deserves to be roundly condemned from the right and left.”
Collins’ spokeswoman has also denounced as extortion a fundraising campaign for a Collins challenger should the Maine senator vote to confirm Kavanaugh. The crowdfunding effort has already raised $1 million, reported WaPo.
The pressure on Collins comes as California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Thursday that she has a letter with “information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.”
The contents of the letter are unknown.
Another senator, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, is under pressure from both sides because she has not announced which way she leans on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
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