RINO Senator Susan Collins of Maine will not coast into a fifth Senate term without Republican primary challengers. Construction worker and conservative blogger Derek Levasseur has announced he is running to unseat Collins in the state’s 2020 primary election.
Levasseur is a former police officer and a Trump supporter. In his announcement speech on Sunday, he talked about being a common man with common values and being a strong proponent of the Constitution … specifically calling out the need to vigorously defend our freedoms of religion, of the press, to assembly, and the right to petition, in addition to the right to bear arms.
“I believe the Second Amendment is as important to fight a tyrannical government as it is to defend yourself,” he said.
Local media reports, apparently of the leftist variety, have characterized Levasseur as a “Trump fanatic.”
Interestingly however, he is quoted by Huffington Post as stating: “I am not a super Trump Republican, (but) as long as President Trump does things to benefit Americans on both sides of the aisle, he’s going to have my full support.”
With statements like that, he seems to be sending signals that while he is a “patriot,” he is not cut from a completely different cloth than Collins, aiming to appeal to middle-of-the-road voters as those on the right.
The hallmark of Sen. Collins’ career in the Senate is as a political moderate. She describes herself as a moderate Republican. Some refer to her as a liberal Republican. In 2013, the National Journal gave Collins a score of 55% conservative and 45% liberal.
In 2017, the New York Times ranked Collins as the most liberal Republican in the U.S. Senate, based on her ideology. That says something when you consider that Sen. McCain and Sen. Flake, both Republicans from Arizona were still in office.
In fact, GovTrack’s analysis in 2017 placed her to the left of four Democrats. By all accounts, Collins is a worthy target of conservatives who aim to make the Senate a friendlier place following 2020 elections.
Collins’ public profile has recently been raised by the media thanks to a number of storylines …
In 2016, she announced that she would not be voting for Donald Trump in the presidential election. Still, in 2017, it is reported she voted with the GOP majority with much improved frequency … 87% of the time.
Collins supported the firing of FBI Director James Comey by Trump.
She joined five other Republicans and opposed Trump’s temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
More than a dozen family members and friends stood behind Levasseur as he gave his candidacy announcement speech that he recorded and posted to Facebook. One observer offered, “Given the awkwardness of his presentation, he has a long way to go if he is going to be able to stand with Collins on a stage … or against her in the campaign.”
Collins is consistently pro-abortion, one of three such Republican Senators in 2018.
Most significantly and most televised was her time in the spotlight as being a key vote in the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She took her time making a decision, ultimately voting for confirmation. She said that the “presumption of innocence” should be retained regarding Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegations and that she did not believe he would overturn Roe v. Wade.
You can watch Levasseur’s full announcement of his Senate candidacy here:
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