Former President George H. W. Bush commended Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Friday after she said she would vote to confirm judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
".@SenatorCollins — political courage and class. I salute my wonderful friend and her principled leadership," he wrote in a tweet.
.@SenatorCollins — political courage and class. I salute my wonderful friend and her principled leadership.— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) October 5, 2018
In 1992, Collins was appointed by Bush as a regional director for the Small Business Administration in Boston. Bush also spends his summers in Kennebunkport.
Speculation swirled for weeks about how Collins would end up voting, especially after several women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.
In a speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, Collins said she found Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony last week to be “sincere, painful, and compelling,” but no witnesses corroborated her story.
Thus, she said, Kavanaugh should be given the “presumption of innocence.”
Former President George W. Bush reached out to Collins several times over the last week to reassure her about Kavanaugh’s character and temperament, according to CNN.
"President Bush is always delighted to talk to his friend, and he is proud of Senator Collins’ strong leadership and exemplary service," Freddy Ford, a spokesman for the younger Bush, told the Washington Examiner.