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Senator Susan Collins Won't Run for Governor of Maine

Senator Susan Collins Won't Run for Governor of Maine

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.

The Senator began her career in electoral politics with a run as the Republican nominee for Governor in 1994 in a race that was ultimately won by Angus King, who ran as an Independent in a race in which Collins finished third behind King and the Democratic nominee that year. Thus taxpayers continue to be forced to fund the nation's biggest abortion business that kills over 330,000 unborn children in abortions on an annual basis.

U.S. Sen. Angus King says Susan Collins is putting the people of ME first by deciding to remain in the U.S. Senate rather than run for governor.

The Republican senator said she made her decision based on where she could do the most for ME and the country. The 57-year-old Gorham business owner previously ran as an independent for ME governor in 2010.

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

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.

She mentioned that a Senate colleague had written her a note urging her to stay in the Senate. Since Mr. Trump became president, she has voted less often with her party than any other Republican senator. "As I thought about this senator's words, I realized how much remains to be done in a divided and troubled Washington if we are to serve the people of our states", she said.

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

Collins put an end to months of speculation when she made her announcement at the Samoset Resort in Rockport Friday morning.

She criticized how the Affordable Care Act was approved in 2009 without a single Republican vote.

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.

On Friday, Collins said that "getting health care reform right requires starting it right, with a commitment to public hearings, open negotiations, thoughtful and fact-based discussion, and a willingness to find common ground".

It wouldn't be a sure thing though.