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Liberal State Lobbyist Announces Bid to Unseat Susan Collins in Maine

She unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018 and supports the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.

By NTK Staff | 06.14.2019 @10:03am
Liberal State Lobbyist Announces Bid to Unseat Susan Collins in Maine

A former state House lobbyist announced Thursday she intends to run against Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine next year. Betsy Sweet, a liberal Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018, made the announcement at Sebago Lake Distillery in Gardiner, Maine.

Sweet’s website indicates she’s a vocal supporter of some of the most liberal policies backed by Democrats today:

Her campaign website touts policy priorities such as “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal, and pledges to avoid PAC and corporate money in the 2020 race.

Sweet’s previous campaign experience, her run for governor in 2018, ended with her finishing in third place. Maine transitioned to a ranked-choice ballot system last year, and Sweet was eliminated after the third round of primary balloting.

A March poll conducted by Pan Atlantic Research found that Collins had an approval rating of about 63 percent in Maine. An April Morning Consult poll showed that number closer to 52 percent. Either way, Maine voters give Collins a double-digit positive net favorability rating – a tough challenge for any Democrat to overcome.

Collins drew Democrats’ ire last year when she voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as President Trump’s second Supreme Court justice.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee praised Collins’ record and criticized Sweet’s background in a statement on Thursday.

“Susan Collins has the most bipartisan record in the U.S. Senate because she works with members of both parties to deliver results for Maine families,” said NRSC spokesperson Nathan Brand. “Meanwhile, lobbyist Betsy Sweet is a radical left-wing activist committed to making the loony policy dreams of Nancy Pelosi a reality.”

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