Senator Susan Collins Won't Run for Governor of Maine

14 October, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Collins told a crowd of roughly 100 business leaders and a throng of local and national media at the Samoset Resort in Rockport on Friday that she will not seek the Republican nomination to run for governor next year.

King says Collins' decision reflects the senator's work ethic, dedication to serving ME people and "infinite energy".

GORHAM (AP) - A prominent ME businessman has joined the Republican Party as he considers a second bid for governor. She said that the "hands-on nature" of governor appealed to her. As one of the few moderates in a closely divided Senate, she is often a swing vote, and, as she demonstrated during the health care debate, she can often influence the outcome of important legislation. He characterizes the current crop of Republican gubernatorial candidates as "a field of far-right politicians" pushing "extreme policies".

Susan Collins, one of the few remaining centrist Republicans in the U.S. Senate, has made a decision to stay in that polarized body rather than run for governor of Maine.

Collins' independence makes her an increasingly powerful player in Washington, one veteran ME political observer said.

"I want to continue to play a key role in advancing policies that strengthen our economy, help our hardworking families, improve our health care system, and bring peace and stability to a violent and troubled world", Collins said, in a statement delivered at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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.

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Collins has won her four Senate contests by an average margin of 20 percentage points by drawing support across the political spectrum.

During the question-and-answer portion of her appearance, Collins said she opposes the Trump administration's plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan. Collins said previously that she'd like to heal the state and "bring people back together".

The party primaries are in June and the general election is November 2018.

Ms. Collins, a Republican who was first elected to the Senate in 1996, has become a thorn in the side of President Trump, for whom she did not vote.

Had Collins made a decision to run for governor she would have joined a crowded field to replace two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who can not run again because of term limits.

When it comes to Rep. Poliquin, he's essentially in the latter camp of LePage and Trump, but less overtly when it comes to rhetoric and willingness to stand up for ideas in public.

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