BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she will back Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court on Wednesday — all but guaranteeing a bi-partisan vote and her eventual confirmation.
Collins made the announcement on Wednesday morning, saying that Jackson "possesses the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court."
The decision gives Democrats a small amount of breathing room, and will likely allow them not to use Vice President Kamala Harris as a tie-breaker in the evenly-split Senate.
Collins made her decision following a second personal meeting with the nominee on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
In the statement, the Senator slammed how politicized the Supreme Court confirmation process has become, saying the Senate was only supposed to look at how qualified each candidate is, not "to assess whether a nominee reflects the ideology of an individual senator or would rule exactly as an individual senator would want.”
Judge Jackson would be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, if confirmed. A vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled for Monday.