Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

US Sen. Angus King: Collins is putting ME 1st

US Sen. Angus King: Collins is putting ME 1st

U.S. Senator Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican who helped block her party's efforts to repeal Obamacare this year, plans to reveal on Friday whether she will keep her focus on Washington or make a run for governor next year. Leading pro-life groups had called on members of the Senate to pass the reconciliation bills that the House had already approved.

Ten Democrats, two Green independents, a Libertarian, and an unenrolled candidate have also filed paperwork with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

Collins told a crowd of roughly 100 business leaders and a throng of local and national media at the Samoset Resort in Rockport on Friday that she will not seek the Republican nomination to run for governor next year. "She has been a champion for the state of Maine for more than two decades and I consider it a great privilege to serve with her - and to be her friend". Collins said previously that she'd like to heal the state and "bring people back together".

Collins, 64, had mulled a run for governor for months.

Collins is Maine's senior U.S. Senator, having held her seat as a Republican since 1997.

Maine's current governor, Paul LePage, a Trump ally, would have appointed a replacement for Collins if she made a decision to leave the Senate. Ultimately, it appears to have been the environment in Washington that's convinced Collins to stay. Her Senate term runs through 2020. Since Mr. Trump became president, she has voted less often with her party than any other Republican senator.

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Collins, who is serving her fourth term in the Senate, said in her home state of ME that though Congress is marred with dysfunction, she ultimately decided that she had much left to accomplish on Capitol Hill.

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

Collins has been in the Senate since 1996 and is in her fourth six-year term. Susan Collins (R-ME) criticized Senate Republican leadership for shutting women out of the process of developing health care legislation.

Three Republican candidates are now in the race. Most recently, of course, Collins has played an important role as one of the handful of Republican Senators that singlehandedly blocked efforts in that body to pass a bill that would "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. "Nowhere has hyper-partisanship been more evident than in the debate on health care reform", Collins said.

It wouldn't be a sure thing though.

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