Sen. Angus King (I-ME) has confirmed that he will vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, setting the spotlight more firmly on his colleague from Maine, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).
According to the Portland Press Herald, King also voted against Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch’s nomination, but his announcement underscores the fact that, assuming that all Democrats and those who caucus with the Democrats vote no, it would only take two Republican votes to derail the nomination.
“Unlike most of our decisions, which can be amended, repealed, or otherwise corrected over time, this is a one-time vote on a lifetime appointment which will likely profoundly affect our country for the foreseeable future,” King said in a statement. “There are no do-overs or second chances on this one; each of us, including the people of Maine, will have to live with the consequences of this vote for years to come.”
“After this intensive process, I have determined that I cannot support this nomination,” he added.