A prominent Obama official just threw her hat in the ring for Susan Collins’ Senate seat

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Outrage is quickly spreading in the wake of Senator Susan Collins’s (R-ME) announcement that she intends to vote to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tomorrow.

Hers will likely prove to be the deciding vote, representing a profound betrayal of all the women and sexual assault survivors in Maine who put her in power. It’s a calculated political decision to overlook the credible accusations against Kavanaugh and invest in him immense power over the entire country despite the fact that he is a quite likely an attempted rapist.

Already, donations are pouring in to support whoever ends up challenging Collins during her 2020 reelection bid. Over $2 million has been raised and so many people are rushing to visit the donation website that it has already crashed. It’s two years out, but things are already looking grim for the sexual predator-enabling Senator Collins.

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Now, a possible contender has emerged to take her seat. Jen Psaki, a former Obama White House official took to Twitter to ask if anyone out there is interested in running for the Senate in Maine. She pointed out that an “army of supporters” will be there to aid whoever chooses to run.

In response, Susan Rice,  former National Security Advisor to President Obama, responded with a simple “me.” The tweet quickly went viral, with many flocking to Rice to encourage her to run against Collins. Clearly, there is a deeply felt desire to oust the Republican coward.

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Rice followed up her tweet with an explanation, saying that she appreciates the encouragement but that she isn’t making any official announcements yet. She added that she is “deeply disappointed” in Collins’s vote.

Clearly, she isn’t ruling out a Senate run. Hopefully, she does decide to launch a campaign. At a bare minimum, Americans deserve senators who will protect them from sexual predators in our highest court.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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