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

Oct 14, 2017, 00:23

U.S. Senator Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican who helped block her party's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act this year, said she planned to remain in her current office rather than run for governor. "You are such a person'". "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".

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

Whether one likes what she decides or not, Collins deliberates. "I continue to believe that Congress can, and will, be more productive." . She said the "hands-on" part of the job, as well as spending more time in Maine, "very much appeals to me". Susan Collins (R-ME) criticized Senate Republican leadership for shutting women out of the process of developing health care legislation.

Sen. Susan Collins walks to the Senate floor ahead of a vote on the health care bill on July 27. She said the lack of public hearings and time to analyze ACA repeal proposals were wrong.

Such a move would also send shock waves through the Senate, jeopardizing the GOP's chances of holding her seat after her term ends in 2020 and marking another defection from the Senate Republican conference amid the populist uprising fueled by President Donald Trump and his allies.

On Friday, Collins said she started getting approached by residents asking her to run for governor after her reelection to the Senate in 2014. She would have been the clear front-runner in a governor's race now filled with lesser known candidates.

Her announcement ends widespread speculation that the 20-year veteran of the Senate would return to ME and seek to finish her political career in the governor's mansion - a position denied to her in 1994 when she finished third in a five-way race.

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

In any case, the Collins vs LePage factional divide will continue play out in the GOP primary for governor, as a lot more Republicans jump in, including some center-right figures.

She prefaced her morning remarks by commenting on the importance of bipartisanship, and national health care systems.

During the question-and-answer portion of her appearance, Collins said she opposes the Trump administration's plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

Among other assignments, Collins is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the panel leading the congressional Russian Federation investigations.

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