Gorham businessman to seek Republican nomination for governor

Laura Christensen
October 15, 2017

Susan Collins announced Friday that she won't run for governor because she believes she can do more good by remaining in Washington, where she serves as an important swing vote.

Collins repeatedly said it was a tough decision, but she received a standing ovation after her announcement.

"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 moderate Republican was first elected in 1996 and has played a pivotal role in the Senate in recent debates about health care policy.

The Republican senator said she made her decision based on where she could do the most for ME and the country.

In a much-anticipated announcement regarding her home state's governor race, Maine Sen.

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Senator Colliins says she's "bridge between the two sides of the aisle", one reason she is staying in Senate. She chairs the Senate Select Committee on Aging and the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and also serves on the Intelligence Committee as well as the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, according to her office's web site.

If the Senator had made a decision to run, and won, she would have been Maine's first female Governor.

Independents are a powerful force in ME politics, with Collins' Senate counterpart, Angus King, one of only two independents in the chamber.

Collins said her mother was urging her to stay in the Senate.

The pro-abortion Republican senator who sabotaged a bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business will remain in the Senate.

LePage, whose combative style was a precursor of Donald Trump's approach to the presidency, has been a frequent critic of Collins, particularly when she attracted national attention as one of three Republican senators who in July voted against a Trump-backed bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Since Mr. Trump became president, she has voted less often with her party than any other Republican senator. "The Senate is closely divided, and I am able to make a difference", Collins, 64, said after a local chamber of commerce breakfast.

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