Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is going to make an announcement at a local Chamber of Commerce event on Friday that has many waiting with intensity. She will declare whether she will run for governor, this decision has been kept in secrecy because of the impact it will have on the political balance in the Senate.
Collins is an influential moderate within the Senate GOP. She has apparently wrestled for months about whether to leave the Senate in order to launch a 2018 gubernatorial run. Collins has been urged to stay put in the Senate by her Republican colleagues, but they indicated that they have no clue what her decision will ultimately be.
On Friday she announced her decision according to the NY Post the Senator said:
Announcing Friday that she will stay out of the Maine governor’s race.
“I am a congenital optimist. I continue to believe that Congress can, and will, be more productive,” Collins said at a Chamber of Commerce event in Maine.
“I want to continue to play a key role in advancing policies that strengthen our nation, help our hardworking families, improve our health care system, and bring peace and stability to a troubled and violent world.”
She then went on to rip the GOP and the President:
“I will say that I am very concerned about the president’s executive order that was issued yesterday and his decision to do away with an important subsidy that helps very low-income people,” Collins said at the chamber event, according to The Hill.
“The Senate Republican health-care bills were drafted behind close doors. By the way, it was a group of 13 men who did it,” Collins said. “It completely bypassed the standard legislative process.”
The Senator must have forgotten that the Graham bill was not drafted behind closed doors and she offered no input in drafting the bill. Matter of face the last major bill she sponsored other than VETS bill was the Iran Corker Bill and we all know how that went. I’m all for bipartisanship, however, when are these Republican “moderate” Senators going to draft some legislation? It’s happening in the House, and even Senator Manchin is considering working with Republicans on tax reform. The truth is this Republicans in the Senate do not like the President and they are doing everything they can to stop him. They loathe the fact he was the nominee and they loathe the fact that people voted for him. Think about it, Trump’s base cannot stand those in Washington so really a vote for Trump is a vote rejecting them. Now, there is nothing wrong establishment Republicans fighting against the President but look stop being a coward and come out and actively have a political fight. Of course, the establishment won’t do that because that would mean they would lose their power, the base they rely on would vote them out in a hot minute. It may not be true of every Senator but ask Sen. Corker (R-Tenn), he knows he can’t win a primary and he won’t win an election so he is retiring. Oh and don’t forget Senator Flake who has become very quiet ever since the President had a recent rally in Arizona. All I’m asking for is for these “moderates” to not just resist in saying “no” but, at the very least resist with some type of solution.