Sen. Susan Collins to Seek Re-Election, Opts Against Gubernatorial Run
14 Октября 2017, 12:22 | Terri Saunders
Gorham businessman to seek Republican nomination for governor
King said Friday that Collins has been "a champion for the state of ME for more than two decades". The work she does for ME - while rarely easy and often understated - is a reflection of her work ethic and her infinite energy to serve the people of our state. 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.
GORHAM (AP) - A prominent ME businessman has joined the Republican Party as he considers a second bid for governor.
The Republican senator said she made her decision based on where she could do the most for ME and the country. They include former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, Maine House Minority Leader Ken Fredette and Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason. She said on Friday that remaining in the Senate would allow her to use her powerful voice in reforming the U.S healthcare system.
Independents are a powerful force in ME politics, with Collins' Senate counterpart, Angus King, one of only two independents in the chamber.
Collins, speaking at a hotel in Rockland, Maine, prefaced her announcement with a lengthy speech about health care and lamented the effect of "hyper-partisanship" in Congress on health care ever since Democrats first passed the Affordable Care Act.
Two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage can not run again because of term limits.
LePage has repeatedly bashed Collins, declaring almost a year ago that "she's done in the Republican party" because she refused to support Trump last year. Collins said previously that she'd like to heal the state and "bring people back together".
Maine's senior USA senator, Republican Susan Collins, announced Friday, Oct. 13, that she will remain in the Senate and bypass a run for governor.
"Ultimately, I have been guided by my sense of where I could do the most for the people of Maine - and our nation", Collins wrote in remarks she will deliver at a Chamber of Commerce event in Maine this morning".
Collins has been a pivotal vote in the Senate this year in defeating Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Maine's current governor, Paul LePage, a Trump ally, would have appointed a replacement for Collins if she chose to leave the Senate.
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.
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