Sen. Susan Collins won't run for governor, will remain in US Senate

Sen. Susan Collins won't run for governor, will remain in US Senate

Susan Collins, known as one of the last remaining "moderates" in the U.S. Senate, announced Friday that she will not run for governor of ME, ending months of speculation.

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

Maine Republicans have touted their recent success at electing candidates to Congress, the governorship and the state Legislature, where the GOP maintains control of the Senate. On Friday, she said, "The hands-on nature of governor very much appeals to me". She said she was "forever grateful" for her increasing support from ME residents. 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.

"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".

Collins and LePage mark out the two poles of the state's Republican party, with the senator routinely working with Democrats in Washington while the governor has regularly fought with his rivals in the state capital Augusta. She said on Friday that remaining in the Senate would allow her to use her powerful voice in reforming the U.S healthcare system.

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Senator Susan Collins addressed a crowd at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce's quarterly breakfast this morning and answered a question she has been asked for months, "I have concluded that the best way that I can contribute to these priorities is to remain a member of the United States Senate".

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.

The party primaries are in June and the general election is November 2018.

The four-term incumbent attracted national attention this summer as one of three Republican senators who voted in July against a bill to repeal the law often called Obamacare, a move that angered U.S. President Donald Trump.

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