Will Susan Rice Run for Senate?
Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the UN, sent the Twitterverse into a frenzy when she floated the idea that she would run for Senate in Maine to attempt to unseat Republican Senator Susan Collins. Collins on Saturday voted to confirm SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, prompting a backlash from constituents and women across the country. People angry over her decision were donating cash to defeat her in her next election. More than $50,000 (many in increments of $20.20) was given over the course of her nearly 45-minute speech on the Senate floor, bringing the total raised on an online crowdfunding campaign to more than $3 million. Just one problem -- there’s not even a named opponent. Essentially those who donated were saying anyone but you. The campaign by three activists groups -- Be A Hero Team, Maine People's Alliance, and Mainers for Accountable Leadership -- had been criticized by Collins and others over several weeks as a possible attempt to bribe Collins into voting against Kavanaugh. The donation page, titled "Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent" went down briefly on crowdfunding website crowdpac.com Friday afternoon because of "overwhelming" traffic to the page. Speaking in New York during The New Yorker Festival, Rice said Collins “put party and politics over her own stated principles” of supporting equal rights and legalized abortion. “I think in a way that I really regret saying, she has betrayed women across this country,” Rice said. She hinted her interest in a Senate run in a one-word tweet on Friday, responding “me” to an open question about who wanted to run against Collins. Rice lives in DC but has Maine roots. She has previously described her grandparents’ arrival in Maine from Jamaica in 1912, her yearly summer visits that began in childhood, and the home she now owns. “The last 20 so years I’ve been a homeowner in the state of Maine, so it’s not completely crazy,” she said. She said Sunday she’ll decide after next month’s midterm elections whether to run in a Susan v. Susan matchup. More here.