Susan Collins announced Friday that she's staying out of the governor's race because she believes she can do more good for ME by staying in Washington.
Collins was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, and she has remained as one of Maine's representatives in Washington, D.C. since then.
Collins told a group of business leaders in Rockland, on Maine's midcoast, that she believed she could accomplish more for the state in her current role.
Contemplating whether to give up her seniority in the United States Senate and the influence it grants, has been a major factor in her decision.
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Collins made her long-awaited announcement at a Friday, Oct. 13 breakfast meeting of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce held at the Samoset Resort.
In a much-anticipated announcement regarding her home state's governor race, Maine Sen.
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Collins grew up in Caribou, in far northern Maine. She spoke of how she's proud of her time in the Senate, and how she felt as though she was able to represent ME well.
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Collins had postponed making her decision because those close to her said she was carefully giving thought to what would be best for Mainers.
Had Collins chose to run for governor she would have joined a crowded field to replace two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who can not run again because of term limits.
But there is little question that LePage would have opposed her even though she twice lended her support in his bids to take, and keep, the governor's office.
LePage's style and ideological bent is in sharp contrast with the more pragmatic, measured Collins.
Running for governor would have been a risk and it was treated with Collins-esque care. She said she couldn't bring herself to vote for him, and she criticized him for failing to speak out more forcefully against racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism following the death of a woman at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.