Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) disheartened Democrats everywhere by announcing she’d be voting to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh despite multiple sexual assault allegations against him, effectively extinguishing Democrats’ hopes that her crucial swing vote would help block his lifetime appointment.
Now, Democrats are already looking for possible senate contenders for Maine in 2020, and one well-qualified contender says she may just throw her hat into the ring.
Susan Rice was the first African-American woman to be appointed as United Nations ambassador when appointed by then-President Obama. Rice was instrumental in promoting pro-LGBTQ agendas on a world stage. In 2013, she ascended to the position of National Security Advisor.
Rice also has deep roots in Maine, with her parents graduating from Portland High School after her grandparents immigrated to the area. While President of the Portland Branch of the NAACP, Congresswoman Rachel Talbot Ross said of Rice:
“Anyone from Maine should be proud because she has such strong Maine roots. She represents the ideal that, as her mother once told her, ‘No dream is too bold to embrace.’”
She may not have anticipated the strong response her tweet got because she later clarified that she was not making any announcements:
Many thanks for the encourgement. I’m not making any announcements. Like so many Americans, I am deeply disappointed in Senator Collins’ vote for Kavanaugh. Maine and America deserve better. https://t.co/6oGFTFuO1Q
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) October 5, 2018
Regardless, people were still quite into the idea.
The moral- amazing, strong women stepping up. We can do this- it’s a marathon but we can do this
— SierraMtnResist (@SierraResistor) October 5, 2018
I’ll triple what I’ve already donated.
— KymPossible (@kym_possible23) October 5, 2018
You’ll get a donation from this Tennessean. 👍
— Delilia O'Malley (@DeliliaOMalley) October 5, 2018
Please declare yourself a candidate today!! We need women who believe and defend other women. @SenatorCollins has proven over and over again that she is not a believer and defender.
— BiCoastal Elitist (@Carmen50) October 5, 2018
Though many were eager for a showdown of the Susans, it’s uncertain whether or not Senator Collins will put forth another senatorial bid in 2020.