Sen. Collins Won't Run For Maine Governor

Susan Collins Decides Against Gubernatorial Run

Susan Collins Decides Against Gubernatorial Run

On Friday, Collins said she started getting approached by residents asking her to run for governor after her reelection to the Senate in 2014.

Susan Collins announced Friday that she will not run for the governor's seat in 2018.

There are several Republicans already in the race to replace Governor Paul LePage when his term expires, including former Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, and Senator Majority Leader Garrett Mason. Collins said previously that she'd like to heal the state and "bring people back together".

Collins is one of a handful of GOP centrists and decided she's needed in Washington.

Last year, Collins announced she would not vote for Donald Trump in the presidential election, and she has been critical of the president in the past.

Susan Collins Decides Against Gubernatorial Run
Sen. Collins Won't Run For Maine Governor

She added, "I have concluded that the best way I can contribute to these priorities is to remain a member of the Senate". She is not up for re-election in the Senate until 2020.

She's not afraid to buck her party. Additionally, Collins would have control of the state bureaucracy, potentially using it and the bully pulpit of the governor's office to advance a policy agenda to work on initiatives that could improve Maine's economic outlook. Most famously, she played a crucial role this summer in dooming his goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, Maine Republicans will battle over which path they pursue - the policy know-nothingism and extremism of LePage and Trump or the more measured, pragmatic center-right conservatism of Collins, Snowe and Cohen. State laws forbid LePage from seeking a third term. She said the "hands-on" part of the job, as well as spending more time in Maine, "very much appeals to me".

Collins, 64, is popular in ME, having won reelection in 2014 with 68 percent of the vote. For all his successes, though, LePage is known for his bombastic leadership style.

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