Senator Susan Collins Won't Run for Governor of Maine
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 14, 2017,
Oct 14, 2017, 0:25
Maine Senator Susan Collins had contemplated a run for governor, which would vacate her Senate seat, but she has chose to remain a thorn in the side of pro-life advocates in Congress. "You are such a person'". She understands how to craft legislation and use the processes of the Senate, but the GOP leadership is increasingly uninterested in employing them.
The 64-year-old Collins has been weighing for months whether she'd make a bigger impact in the Senate or by launching a bid to become the first woman to serve as Maine's governor.
Notwithstanding the fact that numerous reports indicated that there were elements of becoming Governor of ME that appealed to her, it's not entirely surprising that Collins chose to stay in the Senate and to seek re-election. "I continue to believe that Congress can, and will, be more productive." .
The senator said she made her decision based on where she could do the most for ME and the country. She said the lack of public hearings and time to analyze ACA repeal proposals were wrong.
"And I have concluded that the best way that I can contribute to these priorities is to remain a member of the United States Senate", Collins said.
As one of the few remaining moderate Republicans in the Senate, Collins' departure would have left a noticeable mark on the politics of the chamber.
Collins has been a pivotal vote in the Senate this year in defeating Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"In the Senate, I now have significant seniority, and that allows me to do a lot", she told Maine's WGAN radio at the time. Prior to her announcement, she said she wanted to "heal ME", a comment read by some as a swipe at LePage's polarizing style. Collins was one of three Republicans - along with Sens.
Last year, Collins announced she would not vote for Donald Trump in the presidential election, and she has been critical of the president in the past. Lisa Murkowski and John McCain - who voted against the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act over the summer.
She prefaced her morning remarks by commenting on the importance of bipartisanship, and national health care systems. While Collins remains one of the most popular senators in the country, her support among a Republican party apparatus aligned with hardliners like Gov. Paul LePage appears to be on the decline.
Among other assignments, Collins is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the panel leading the congressional Russian Federation investigations.