Senator Collins Vote To Confirm Kavanaugh Triggers Calls To Boycott Maine

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On social media, hundreds of commenters expressed support for a boycott of Maine products and tourism.

Maine Senator Susan Collins decision to support Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court has some people calling for a boycott of the state, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Kavanaugh was sworn in as the newest Supreme Court justice on Saturday.

> “Dear Susan Collins – I really struggled with this but my tourist $ just voted against ever visiting Maine while you remain in office,” actor and comedian John Fugelsang tweeted out to his 413,000 followers – a megaphone in the shouts and murmurs of the Twitterverse.

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> Since his tweet posted Friday, it’s been liked 22,000 times and retweeted another 5,000. Fugelsang, who had movie roles in “The Girl on the Train” and “Coyote Ugly,” hosts a daily call-in show on SiriusXM satellite radio called “Tell Me Everything.”

Hundreds of people expressed support for the boycott, which the Press Herald said included one person who canceled a $2,200 at a Point Sebago resort, along with a Texas chef — who owns multiple restaurants — promising to boycott all Maine seafood.

> John Tesar, who owns six restaurants in Texas and is opening a seafood restaurant in Laguna Beach, California, said he’ll re-source the “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth of Maine seafood – including lobster, fluke, sea urchin and scallops – that he buys every year.

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> “I am so disappointed and angry at her,” Tesar said of Collins. “My intent is not to hurt the fishermen, it’s to have them vote her out of office. The only way to make a difference in this day and age is economically, and on November 6th.”

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> Collins, a Republican, was under unprecedented pressure from both advocates and opponents in the weeks leading up to her vote Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh. On Friday, she gave a lengthy speech about why she was supporting him, prompting the backlash as she finally said publicly how she would vote. When she returned to Maine over the weekend, protesters assembled at her home in Bangor, her offices in Bangor and Portland, and at the Portland International Jetport.

Despite such protests, Collins maintains that the overall response to her vote has been positive:

> “Many people have thanked me for my vote and have said that they were very pleased that I did the right thing,” she said Sunday after an event in Norridgewock honoring a slain sheriff’s deputy.

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