Brakey Thanks Senator Collins for Promising to Vote "No" on War in Syria

AUBURN, ME - Eric Brakey, Republican State Senate Candidate for District 20, thanks U.S. Senator Susan Collins for her announcement that she intends to vote "No" on the resolution to authorize military force in Syria.

"It shows that Senator Collins is listening to the people of Maine who are strongly unified in opposition to committing the United States to war in Syria," says Brakey.

Senator Collins announcement was made one day following the submission of a public letter to her office, asking her to oppose military intervention in Syria. The letter was drafted Eric Brakey and signed by Maine Republican leaders across the state. (The full letter may be viewed here.)

Co-signers of the letter included House Republican Assistant Leader Alex Willette, State Senator Garrett Mason, and 24 other current and former members of the Maine Legislature. Also included as co-signers are 48 members of the Maine Republican State Committee, representing a 2/3 majority of that body.

This announcement makes Senator Collins the third member of Maine's Congressional Delegation to announce her intentions to vote in opposition of military intervention in Syria, along with Rep. Mike Michaud and Rep. Chellie Pingree. Senator Angus King remains publicly undecided.

"I hope that Senator Susan Collins' leadership on this issue will encourage Senator Angus King to listen to Maine's people and make a similar announcement," says Brakey. "Our nation cannot afford a war in Syria that will worsen the humanitarian situation in the region, weaken America's security, and impose great costs to our soldiers and taxpayers."

Eric Brakey is a candidate for Maine State Senate in the towns of Auburn, New Gloucester, Poland, Minot, and Mechanic Falls.