Collins says she's not running for governor, will stay in Senate

Pauline Gross
October 14, 2017

"This decision has not been an easy one", she said.

Meanwhile, Maine Republicans will battle over which path they pursue - the policy know-nothingism and extremism of LePage and Trump or the more measured, pragmatic center-right conservatism of Collins, Snowe and Cohen. 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. Instead, Collins said she will remain in the Senate at least until her current term ends in 2020.

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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".

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

The 57-year-old Gorham business owner previously ran as an independent for ME governor in 2010.

Collins declines run for Maine governor

As she weighed the decision, Collins consistently sounded torn between her power in the Senate, as a senior Republican in the majority and a moderate whose vote is often courted by leadership in both parties, and the possibility of taking action as governor without the need for cooperation from fifty-plus other senators.

Her decision Friday will likely free more gubernatorial candidates who have been waiting on the sidelines to enter the race.

Collins and LePage mark out the two poles of the state's Republican Party. Since Mr. Trump became president, she has voted less often with her party than any other Republican senator. Prior to her announcement, she said she wanted to "heal ME", a comment read by some as a swipe at LePage's polarizing style.

During a Friday morning speech in which she announced she'll forgo a run for governor and stay in the U.S. Senate, Sen.

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. The election to replace him is in 2018.

LePage has spent much of 2017 hammering Collins back home for opposing the GOP line on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, opening her up to a Republican primary.

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