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Snowe Will Not Seek Re-election

8:21 pm - 02/28/2012
Snowe Will Not Seek Re-election
Source - NYTimes
February 28, 2012, 5:35 PM

In a surprise that could reconfigure the fight to control the Senate, Senator Olympia Snowe, a three-term Republican from Maine, said Tuesday she would not run for re-election, citing excessive partisanship in the Senate.

“After 33 years in the Congress this was not an easy decision,” said Ms. Snowe in a prepared statement. “My husband and I are in good health. We have laid an exceptionally strong foundation for the campaign, and I have no doubt I would have won re-election. It has been an indescribable honor and immeasurable privilege to serve the people of Maine, first in both houses of Maine’s legislature and later in both houses of Congress. To this day, I remain deeply passionate about public service, and I cherish the opportunity I have been given for nearly four decades to help improve the lives of my fellow Mainers.”

Ms. Snowe, a moderate who cast key votes in bills that were dear to Democrats including the stimulus bill, was facing a Tea Party-backed challenger, but one who had failed to gain much traction in a state where Ms. Snowe remained popular and well known.

Ms. Snowe said the lack of comity and bipartisanship in the current Congress was a key motivating factor to her sudden retirement, which would well upend Republican efforts to retake the Senate; the party needs four seats to do so.

“I do find it frustrating,” Ms. Snowe said, “that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions. With my Spartan ancestry I am a fighter at heart; and I am well prepared for the electoral battle, so that is not the issue. However, what I have had to consider is how productive an additional term would be. Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail.”

Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine and Ms. Snowe’s ally and sometimes rival, said Tuesday afternoon in a prepared statement she was “absolutely devastated” by the news. “Olympia could always be counted on as a leader who sought solutions, not political advantage,” said Ms. Collins, a fellow moderate. “She served our nation with distinction and she continues to bring honor to our state.”
schexyschteve 29th-Feb-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
Wow! That's actually kind of sad that she was basically forced to retire.
babysinclair 29th-Feb-2012 01:48 am (UTC)
Of course the sane ones leave...
joshlymanftw 29th-Feb-2012 01:53 am (UTC)
In summary - "Yall are fucking crazy, bye."
the_glow_worm 29th-Feb-2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Preeeeetty much.
thelilyqueen 29th-Feb-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Preeety much. It's a sad thing for the country to lose a legislator like her, but she's not under any obligation really to stay and continue to (metaphorically) beat her head against the wall trying to correct the excesses of her own party.
ladyserenity84 29th-Feb-2012 04:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, pretty much.
bnmc2005 29th-Feb-2012 02:03 am (UTC)
I don't know how to feel about this.

Ms. Snowe, a moderate who cast key votes in bills that were dear to Democrats including the stimulus bill, was facing a Tea Party-backed challenger, but one who had failed to gain much traction in a state where Ms. Snowe remained popular and well known.

She was going to win, but she ... is quitting because... ...? Am I wrong to feel a bit peeved about this? Or is there something larger going on here that we don't know about?

schexyschteve 29th-Feb-2012 02:09 am (UTC)
She's quitting because it's too much energy to try to cooperate with the nutjobs in Congress.
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kangofu 29th-Feb-2012 02:33 am (UTC)
LOL, seriously. And considering she has voted in favor for things like contraception, sex education and abortion rights, I can only imagine what the latest attempt by Repubs to drag us back to the dark ages is like for her.
circumambulate 29th-Feb-2012 05:19 am (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised if there was some GOP strongarming here due to her votes against party - they're going back to party-line politics, and dissenters will not be tolerated. More than likely the party threatened to withhold campaign funds if she continued to run.
bnmc2005 29th-Feb-2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Ok. This is what I mean. Something else is happening here, I'm betting and I would like to see some light on that. Because if your guess about withholding the funds is true, then... Shouldn't the people in here state who want her to run know about that?
celtic_thistle 29th-Feb-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Aw, she was one of the only Repubs who still had a few points of respect from me. I don't blame her for getting out--her party is rapidly declining.
hammersxstrings 29th-Feb-2012 03:11 am (UTC)
that unfortunate :( sad to see, but I feel like this is going to start happening a lot more with more moderate politicians, who go more with compromise and discussion over the hard headed mentality a lot of politicians seem to take.
benndragon 29th-Feb-2012 03:46 am (UTC)
That's the same reason Barney Frank opted to leave the House, and Frank is no shrinking violet either (see: kitchen table). Oh Tea Party, when you declare that government can never work, whoever you support will make the government not work anymore.
hinoema 29th-Feb-2012 06:30 am (UTC)
Well, if she's doing it to keep the Republicans from a Senate majority, then I applaud her sacrifice. Why doesn't she just run as an independent or Democrat?
thelilyqueen 29th-Feb-2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
I had a similar thought, but maybe she's just had enough of politics and the wheeling and dealing for a while, period. Or, she has some plans to work for the public that don't involve elected office (recruiting and supporting moderate local and state politicos?). Most likely we'll get some idea over the next days and weeks.
romp 29th-Feb-2012 06:30 am (UTC)
It seems like the people whom she represents need her more than ever...but I wouldn't be racing in to take her job. That gig must be hell on mental health.
baked_goldfish 29th-Feb-2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Prince Reibus is on MSNBC trying to say it's because she hates Democrats.

Fuckin lol.
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baked_goldfish 29th-Feb-2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Right? I want to be on her shit list for Christmas.
roguebelle 29th-Feb-2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
Sad. I remember doing a paper on her back in high school (we all had to pick a non-VA senator to research), and yeah, she's definitely always been among the small, rapidly diminishing group of sane Republicans. Sorry to see her go -- but don't blame her at all. If I were in her position, I'd be facing a daily challenge not to take a swing at my fellow party members. She'll definitely be missed.
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