BANGOR — Some Mainers threw Sen. Susan Collins a going-away party ahead of the July 14 primary.
Members of Indivisible Bangor, Indivisible Mount Desert Island, and Mainers for Accountable Leadership didn’t throw Collins a retirement party because they’re sad to see her go, they threw the party in the hope she leaves and loses her re-election campaign.
“We wanted to have a little bit party atmosphere. It’s been such a difficult three and a half years, we have the worst president of the United States. Senator Collins has done next to nothing to hold him to account and we have had enough. We’re very tired and we are here to communicate that it’s time for her to go,” Indivisible Bangor member Melissa Berky said.
During what they called the “Retirement Bash for Senator Susan Collins,” there was a booth to register voters, donation bins for Collins’ opponent and many signs voicing their displeasure with the senator.
“We’re here with voter registrations and many signs, and of course we were so happy to have cardboard Suzy join us for the first time. We’ve been asking her for many years for her to meet us face to face,” said Berky.
“Every chance we get, we keep our voter registration cards in our cars and in our backpacks and wherever we go, we sign people to participate in the democracy, no matter what party they choose to commit to,” Mainers for Accountable Leadership member Marie Follayttar said.
She added that the event was part of Indivisible People’s Payback Week of Action, where Indivisible organizations across the nation host events to shine their light on different senators.
In response to Sunday’s event, officials from Collins’ campaign released the following statement:
“Senator Collins’ invitation must have been lost in the mail. Instead, she spent today working on plans to provide additional assistance to help Maine cities, towns, school, and small businesses and their workers that have been negatively affected by the pandemic.”