Americans upset with Sen. Susan Collins’ vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court are calling for a boycott of Maine products and tourism.
John Tesar, the owner of a Texas restaurant chain, announced this week that he is moving his seafood orders to neighboring New England states, reports The Press Herald.
Tesar, who operates six locations in Texas, with plans to open a seafood restaurant in Laguna Beach, California, said he is angry at Collins and has decided to resource the “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth of Maine seafood – including lobster, fluke, sea urchin and scallops – that he buys every year.
“I am so disappointed and angry at her,” Tesar said about Collins. “My intent is not to hurt the fishermen, it’s to have them vote her out of office. The only way to make a difference in this day and age is economically, and on November 6th.”
The newspaper said they have spoken with Maine lobstermen who say that have lost business over the vote.
Lawyer Sandra Lundy, who lives in neighboring Massachusetts, said she is actively campaigning for others to join her in boycotting Maine.
Lundy said she normally comes to Maine once or twice a year to shop the outlet stores but that is ending due to what she called Collins’ “intellectual and moral dishonesty.”
“I’m not going to set foot in the state of Maine as long as Senator Collins is senator there. I won’t even order from L.L. Bean anymore. I’m just disgusted,” she said, adding, “there’s just one thing that makes people pay attention and that’s money.”