Maine's Susan Collins declines gov run, will remain in Senate

Ultimately, it appears to have been the environment in Washington that's convinced Collins to stay. 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.

Speaking to reporters after the event, Collins said LePage's repeated criticism neither bothered her nor did it influence her decision.

Before she was a USA senator, she unsuccessfully ran for governor of ME in 1994.

Collins, speaking at a hotel in Rockland, Maine, prefaced her announcement with a lengthy speech about health care and lamented the effect of "hyper-partisanship" in Congress on health care ever since Democrats first passed the Affordable Care Act.

King says Collins' decision reflects the senator's work ethic, dedication to serving ME people and "infinite energy".

She says her seniority in the senate weighed heavily on her decision, the Senator now ranked 15th among 100 Senators. She also slammed her GOP colleagues for drafting bills to repeal and replace the ACA behind closed doors over the summer. She said that older citizens in ME would have been most harmed, with health insurance premiums skyrocketing with high deductibles.

Notwithstanding the fact that numerous reports indicated that there were elements of becoming Governor of ME that appealed to her, it's not entirely surprising that Collins chose to stay in the Senate and to seek re-election.

Republican Susan Collins says she's staying out of the governor's race because she believes she can do more good for ME by staying in the U.S. Senate.

Collins made her announcement Friday, October 13 at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce's quarterly business breakfast.

Collins, who has been a vocal critic of Trump, was one of three senators to oppose the repeal of Obamacare earlier this year in two key votes, a move that won her a national profile as well as fierce criticism from the right wing of the Republican party. Collins' family members, many of whom still live in her hometown of Caribou, said they were left in the dark regarding her decision.

Two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage can not run again because of term limits. Dean Heller during a meeting held by President Donald Trump on healthcare at the White House. She also said she felt an affinity for Augusta, the capital, where a long line of ancestors served in the State Legislature, starting with her great-great grandfather and including her father.

Susan Collins, known as one of the last remaining "moderates" in the U.S. Senate, announced Friday that she will not run for governor of ME, ending months of speculation.

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.

Vanessa Coleman