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Comedian whose tweet sparked Maine boycott over Collins's Kavanaugh vote says he was kidding

Comedian whose tweet sparked Maine boycott over Collins's Kavanaugh vote says he was kidding
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Actor and comedian John Fugelsang, whose now-deleted Friday tweet that he would boycott Maine’s tourism industry sparked calls for a larger boycott of Maine products, now says he was just kidding. 

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“Dear Susan Collins – I really struggled with this but my tourist $ just voted against ever visiting Maine while you remain in office,” the Friday tweet read, according to the Portland Press Herald, which was the first to report on it.

The tweet garnered hundreds of comments from users saying they would join Fugelsang in the boycott, with one person reportedly canceling a $2,200 reservation at Point Sebago resort.

Collins, who is considered a swing vote in the Senate, was fervently lobbied by supporters and opponents of Kavanaugh leading up to her announcement that she would vote to confirm the Supreme Court nominee. She personally faced off with anti-Kavanaugh protesters on Capitol Hill, and many have demonstrated outside her offices in Maine. 

The Senate voted Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote that was mostly along party lines.