The following letter was written to Senator Collins by a friend of mine
who, with other indefatigable women from Indivisible MDI, has been going to
Collins’s Bangor office EVERY DAY for I don’t know how long (at least a
year?). She posted this letter to Facebook, so I assume it is an open
letter and can be forwarded.
Despite Collins’s career-long claim that she would not vote for a Supreme
Court justice that opposed Roe-v-Wade, her past record indicates she will
vote for Kavanaugh unless there’s enough opposition to make her vote not
matter. And it should be noted that in matters of corporations-vs-people,
Kavanaugh has massively predominantly come down on the corporate side.
Dear Senator Collins,
I am very sorry to hear that you have received disrespectful and vulgar
messages regarding your vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. That
should not be happening However, I am offended that this is being used to
portray you as a victim and that these are being falsely presented as how
most of your constituents are treating you. I am appalled by your statement
that you are being “bribed” and “extorted”. Let‘s be clear: the “Be A Hero”
grassroots campaign that has raised over $1.3 million dollars is not a
bribe. It is the collective voice of thousands of Mainers (primarily small
donors of $20.20) who are upset that you are not listening to your
constituents. We are angry because you are not fulfilling your oath to
uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and you are not
doing your job of oversight of the executive branch. Do not try to use a
few calls where people are saying horrible things as an excuse to ignore or
condemn the pleas of a large number of your constituents.
I have been coming to your office for the past 20 months and I do not
believe I have ever been disrespectful to anyone in your office. Yes, I
have opposed your choices many times but have always done it in a polite
and respectful way. I have also praised you publicly when I feel you have
voted in the best interest of Mainers and all US citizens, whom you
represent. As a matter of fact, I often bring treats that I bake myself for
your staff, and for you when we met in person. Senator Collins, these are
not bribes either. They are my way of showing respect for you and your
staff, and sometimes reinforcing my message to you too.
I want you to know that when I questioned your staff a few weeks ago for
telling callers “I am writing your message down right now/I will be sure
the Senator gets your message” and then hanging up and not even picking up
a pencil or noting it in the computer — not just once but multiple times in
a row — I prefaced it with “I‘m really sorry to have to say this but this
is what I noticed during the past 20 minutes I’ve been here is…” It
really bothered me that your senior staffer came out and said nothing. So l
wrote a tweet to let everybody know that if they are taking the time and
energy to call your offices they need to ask for their message, name and
contact info to be read back to them to be sure that their messages are
being recorded. At the time I sent that tweet I don’t think I had more than
ten followers on Twitter. Senator Collins, you really should pay attention
to what happened with that tweet because it was your constituents’ anger
and frustration that made it go viral.
Let me finish by saying that over these past 20 months I have only ever
asked for basic human rights for the people of Maine and across the
country. Is it really too much to ask to be able to have protections in
place so we can sleep at night and not be worried about our children and
their future, whether it is healthcare, education, the environment, etc.?
I have shed many tears in your office sharing deeply personal information.
Stories regarding a prior abortion due to a high risk pregnancy, and
stories about my fear for my children and myself because of pre-existing
conditions that require yearly testing and exams. Of course I was concerned
about your Tax Bill vote — and now about this vote for Kavanaugh. Donald
Trump said he would only nominate someone to the Supreme Court who would
overturn Roe V. Wade and help dismantle the ACA. Please don’t cast a vote
that could literally be life or death for many Americans.
Be a hero and listen to your constituents and vote NO on Kavanaugh.
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