Susan Collins Forgoes Bid For Maine Governor, Will Run For Re-Election Instead

The moderate Republican was first elected in 1996 and has played a pivotal role in the Senate in recent debates about health care policy. "I continue to believe that Congress can, and will, be more productive." .

For a time, it seemed like that number might shrink even further on the GOP side of the aisle, as Collins was widely rumored to be considering a run for ME governor in 2018, aiming to replace the hyper-controversial Paul LePage.

She said that she will remain in the U.S. Senate. But she's not afraid to buck her own party: She introduced a bill to let transgender people serve in the military, and she opposed efforts to kill the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act without a replacement.

"I know Susan's decision to continue serving Maine in the Senate was not an easy one and, not surprisingly, her announcement today reflects her commitment to putting Maine people first".

Senator Angus King issued a statement in part saying he knew how hard Collins' decision was and her announcement reflects her commitment to putting ME people first. "She holds a critical position in the U.S. Senate right now, and her colleagues don't want her to leave because she's seen as a voice of reason".

"As a strong supporter of Susan Collins, if I had to pick which job she would do, I couldn't", said Lance Dutson, a Republican political operative in Maine who worked on Collins' 2014 campaign.

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Maine Democratic Party Chair Phil Bartlett said Republican gubernatorial candidates represent the party's fringe who support four more years of GOP Gov. Paul LePage.

Like President Donald Trump, LePage has been a polarizing leader.

Ms. Collins made her announcement at a breakfast meeting here of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

On Friday, McConnell praised Collins for choosing to remain in the Senate, saying she "brings conviction, smarts and leadership to every issue". The election to replace him is in 2018.

Two years later, Collins managed to win the Republican nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by William Cohen, who went on to become Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton.

"Senator Collins is so busy trying to stop President Trump's agenda on the national stage, she is out of touch with her own state", LePage said in a radio address last week.

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