U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is opposing President Trump’s nominee to a federal appeals court because the nominee, as an attorney for the U.S. Justice Department, argued in court against the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing conditions protections.
“I will oppose the nomination of Chad Readler to be a Judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals,” the Maine Republican senator said in a statement. Collins is the first in her party to publicly oppose Readler. Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, is also opposed to Readler’s nomination. The Sixth Circuit is based in Ohio and hears cases from Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky.
…Demand Justice, a Washington-based liberal activist group, said it has canceled plans to run ads urging Collins to vote against Readler. Brian Fallon, Demand Justice’s executive director, said Collins is taking a “free pass” by opposing a Trump judicial nominee to burnish her moderate reputation, while knowing the Republican-led Senate will likely confirm him anyway. Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate, from 51-49 last year to 53-47 in 2019.
“If Collins was the deciding vote on Readler, would she be opposing him? I think not,” Fallon said.