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Susan Collins says she won't run for ME governor in 2018

Susan Collins says she won't run for ME governor in 2018

U.S. Senator Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican who helped block her party's efforts to repeal Obamacare this year, said on Friday that she would not run for governor of her state next year, keeping her focus on Washington.

There are four Republican candidates who have already registered to run for governor - Maine House Republican leader Kenneth Fredette of Newport, state Sen.

The governor has since used his weekly radio addresses and conservative radio appearances to berate Collins over her opposition to two controversial bills repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

It all but guarantees that her mark on Maine's political history will be stamped in the Senate, where she'll have served for 24 years at the end of this term in 2021 - as long as Margaret Chase Smith, her idol, and longer than William Cohen, her predecessor and mentor. "I continue to believe that Congress can, and will, be more productive", Collins said.

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LePage is an ally of President Donald Trump, whom Collins has publicly criticized in the past. She would have been the clear front-runner in a governor's race now filled with lesser known candidates.

But there is little question that LePage would have opposed her even though she twice lended her support in his bids to take, and keep, the governor's office. 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.

Her announcement Friday served as a reaffirmation of her desire to continue in that instrumental role, at a time when a growing number of Republicans worry about stopping Trump from making controversial decisions with far-reaching consequences.

A Collins governorship could have arguably reversed that trend. "I have demonstrated the ability to work across the aisle to build coalitions and to listen to the concerns of the people of my state, my country and my colleagues", Collins said.