Susan Collins Leads Second Fundraiser for Christina Nolan’s Senate Bid – | Region & Cash

Christina Nolan, left, in Montpelier on May 18 and Susan Collins in Washington, DC in February 2020. Photos by Natalie Williams/VTDigger and Keith Mellnick via Wikimedia Commons

Updated at 7:22 p.m

US Senator from Maine Susan Collins will again campaign for former US Attorney Christina Nolan’s campaign to represent Vermont in the US Senate, with the two Republicans at another campaign fundraiser in Washington, DC on Tuesday in favor of Nolan, to appear side by side.

The fundraiser is being hosted by the Value In Electing Women Political Action Committee, or VIEW PAC, according to a copy of the invite VTDigger received from Nolan’s campaign. Suggested donations for the event range from $500 to $2,500.

According to OpenSecrets, the Alexandria, Virginia-based VIEW PAC is a Hybrid PAC/Super PAC, or so-called Carey Committee. Founded in 1997, the PAC promotes Republican women running for Congress. It raised nearly $1.8 million in the 2022 mid-term cycle and spent nearly $1.7 million.

VIEW PAC executive director Julie Conway told VTDigger that the PAC is “the unofficial political arm of all Republican women in the Senate.” It doesn’t endorse every woman running for Congress with an R next to her name, but it does take a broad approach to the candidates it endorses.

“We don’t have a litmus test. We think you should look and sound like the county or state you’re traveling in,” Conway said. “You know, Susan Collins wouldn’t get elected in Texas, so Susan Collins is a very good fit for Maine the way we think Christina Nolan is for Vermont.”

Collins is making his second appearance at a Nolan fundraiser on Tuesday. At another event in May, chaired by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Collins was a special guest, along with U.S. scythe Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Joni Ernst of Iowa, and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee (incumbents who also supported by VIEW PAC).

Even with longtime Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont and President Joe Biden’s sizable lead in Vermont in 2020 as the top Democratic competitor for the open Senate seat, Conway sees a real opportunity to tip the open Senate seat from blue to red. Pointing to Vermont’s second-biggest support for Gov. Phil Scott, a moderate Republican, she said that “politically, Christina is much closer to the governor than Trump.”

Scott’s favor “clearly demonstrates Vermont’s ability to elect a Republican statewide, and certainly one that’s in the shape of the current governor, and[Nolan]is,” Conway said. “And I think because the governor continues to be so popular, he’s obviously running the rails for Christina’s campaign.”

Collins is considered a moderate Republican in the House of Lords, and Nolan calls her a political role model. Like Nolan, Collins carved a niche for herself as a Republican who publicly demanded that the Roe v. Wade on protecting access to abortion at the federal level remains in place.

But in June, the US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to overthrow Roe. Two of the five Conservative justices who voted to lift the federal abortion protections — Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — had assured Collins that they believed Roe was “set as a precedent” before voting to bench her confirm.

“The Supreme Court has abandoned a 50-year precedent as the country desperately seeks stability,” Collins said in June. “This ill-considered action will further divide the country at a moment when, more than ever in this day and age, we need the court to show both consistency and restraint.”

Following the June High Court ruling, Nolan said in a statement that she would “take action to protect the right to abortion contained in Roe v. Wade was found,” should she win in November.

“In the wake of this decision, I fear that women’s health will take a backseat to extreme reactions and partisan anger,” Nolan said in June. “As a leader, I will put women’s health first and work to find a federal legal solution.”

Vermont Democratic Party executive director Jim Dandeneau said in a statement Monday that Nolan “has already told us once before that she is opposed to abortion when she opposed (Proposition) 5,” which included reproductive rights in the constitution of Vermont would anchor.

“Now she’s telling us again by aligning herself with the person responsible for filling the court with extremist Republicans on the Supreme Court who just eroded abortion rights,” Dandeneau continued. “Vermonters overwhelmingly reject the anti-choice agenda of Susan Collins and Mitch McConnell, and I expect they will also reject Christina Nolan in November.”

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