Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

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

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

Senator Susan Collins has ended months of speculation.She will not run for governor of Maine.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), speaking at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce's Business Breakfast in Rockport, ME, said that she will not be running for governor in 2018.

The moderate Republican was first elected in 1996 and has played a pivotal role in the Senate in recent debates about health care policy. "And I would try to heal the state and bring people back together, which I think is important as well". 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 Trump and his allies.

LePage is an ally of President Donald Trump, whom Collins has publicly criticized in the past.

"Let me address the elephant in the room" she said, at 8:20 a.m.", said Collins, who then said she will remain in the Senate and not run for governor, as has been discussed and speculated. 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.

She's not afraid to buck her party.

Joining the race would have given her the chance to become Maine's first woman governor and avenge her only electoral defeat.

Collins grew up in Caribou, in far northern Maine.

Republicans are now trying for a sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws, which many of them hope will wash away some of the deep anger in the party after the health-care failure. But Maine constitutional law expert Marshall Tinkle said she wouldn't have to resign to run and could pick her successor after being sworn in.

Although she has been one of Maine's most popular politicians for some time, there was no guarantee that she would win her party's nomination in the June primary. For all his successes, though, LePage is known for his bombastic leadership style.

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