Susan Collins Breaks With President Trump Over Key Judicial Nominee

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You can say that Susan Collin is stuck between a rock and a hard place. She wavers in her support of President Trump yet doesn’t go far enough to satisfy the left, who desperately want to take her seat in 2020.

Collins is one of the top target for the left and you better believe they will throw a lot of money at whoever takes her on. Collins, like many in the GOP, will learn the hard way that you cannot have it both ways in today’s hyper-partisan times.

The left won’t ever forgive her for Brett Kavanaugh and the sooner she learns this the better she will be heading into 2020.

CNN reported that GOP Sen. Susan Collins claims that she will oppose the nomination of one of President Trump’s picks to fill a federal judicial vacancy over his record on LGBTQ and reproductive rights.

The President nominated Matthew Kacsmaryk to be a district judge for the Northern District of Texas in September 2017. A vote to break a filibuster of Kacsmaryk is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

“I will oppose the nomination of Matthew Kacsmaryk to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas,” Collins said in a statement on Saturday, citing his “alarming bias against the rights of LGBTQ Americans and disregard for Supreme Court precedents.” The Washington Post first reported Collins’ opposition to the nomination.

Sen. Collins blasted Kacsmaryk for calling reproductive choice supporters “sexual revolutionaries,” describing the same-sex marriage campaign as “typified by lawlessness” and criticizing the Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized abortion and gay marriage, respectively.

“Such extreme statements reflect poorly on Mr. Kacsmaryk’s temperament and suggest an inability to respect precedent and to apply the law fairly and impartially,” she added.

Collins, a Maine Republican, was previously criticized for her support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious confirmation hearings last year.

However, she has declined to endorse conservative nominations before — in March, she opposed another of President Trump’s judicial nominees over his role in the lawsuit threatening the Affordable Care Act’s coverage of pre-existing conditions.

Kacsmaryk currently serves as deputy general counsel at the First Liberty Institute, a nonprofit religious liberty legal group, where he works on “religious liberty litigation in federal courts and amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court,” according to his White House biography.

He previously served as assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas from 2008 to 2013 and as an associate at Baker Botts LLP in Dallas from 2003 to 2008, the biography states.