Maine's Susan Collins declines gov run, will remain in Senate

Maine's Susan Collins declines gov run, will remain in Senate

Maine's Susan Collins declines gov run, will remain in Senate

I want to continue to play a key role in advancing policies that strengthen our economy, help our hard-working families, improve our health care system, and bring peace and stability to a violent and troubled world.

Because Senator Collins refused to support the bills Republicans were not able to obtain the 50 votes they needed to get past a filibuster from pro-abortion Democrats and they died as a result.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she will decide this week if she's running.

"She is at the very center of virtually every big policy debate and big vote in the U.S. Senate", said Mark Brewer, professor of political science at the University of Maine. "She has been a champion for the state of Maine for more than two decades and I consider it a great privilege to serve with her - and to be her friend".

Although she has been one of Maine's most popular politicians for some time, there was no guarantee that she would win her party's nomination in the June primary.

Susan Collins, R-Maine, greeted members of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce at a Friday morning breakfast, October 13, and before the crowd of approximately 230 business owners, plus television film crews and reporters, she announced that she will not be campaigning for the state's governor's office this coming year.

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Maine's current governor, Paul LePage, a Trump ally, would have appointed a replacement for Collins if she chose to leave the Senate.

She notes in her address this morning that she is now 15th in seniority in the Senate and holds a senior position on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. Since Mr. Trump became president, she has voted less often with her party than any other Republican senator.

The 64-year-old Collins announced earlier Friday that she would be staying out of the governor's race because she believes she can do more for ME by remaining in the U.S. Senate.

Maine's Governor's office is next up for election in 2018, and a run for that office would have actually been Collins's second attempt at the job. "Ultimately, I've been guided by my sense of where I can do the most good for Maine and the nation", she said.

Amid a broader critique of the secretive process Republicans used in their failed attempts to repeal Obamacare earlier this year, Collins decried that "the Senate Republican health care bills were drafted behind closed doors - by the way it was a group of 13 men who did it, but that's just another little issue". Collins won that race and has gone on to win re-election three times, most recently in 2014 when she was re-elected in a relative landslide. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement that she "fights fiercely for her constituents".

It wouldn't be a sure thing though.

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