Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, ENDA Co-Sponsor, Is Not Seeking Re-Election

From Metro Weekly:  http://www.metroweekly.com/poliglot/2012/02/breaking-republican-sen-olympi.html

Posted by Chris Geidner
February 28, 2012

Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) will not be seeking re-election, confirm Maine news outlets, meaning the loss of one of the most pro-LGBT equality members of the Senate Republican caucus — and a possible pick-up for the Democrats.

According to The Portland Press Herald, Snowe said in a statement that “this was not an easy decision. My husband and I are in good health… I have no doubt I would have won re-election.”

But, according to her statement, Snowe says she’s frustrated “that atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive.

“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.”

Complete article at:  http://www.metroweekly.com/poliglot/2012/02/breaking-republican-sen-olympi.html

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