There’s no place left in the Senate for moderates, it seems. Tired of the partisan bickering and the constant gridlock, Republican Senator Olympia Snowe stunned her colleagues by announcing she would not seek reelection. The moderate Republican stated, “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.”
Snowe, who had served in the senate for nearly two decades, leaves a seat that could have the potential to flip to the Democrats. It’s an opportunity the party isn’t taking lightly. Talking Points Memo notes, “A Democratic source in Maine told TPM that the state’s two Democratic members of the House, Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree, will likely be looking at the race now. It is too early to say, however, whether there would be a primary or if one would yield to the other. (Pingree, a former state senate majority leader, previously ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2002, against the entrenched incumbent Susan Collins. So she might take another bite at the apple.)”
The state filing deadline is March 15th.
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