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