Maine Senator Olympia Snowe announces she won't seek reelection
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
In her announcement, Snowe cited the "atmosphere of polarization and 'my way or the highway' ideologies" as a reason for not seeking reelection to another term in the U.S. Senate. The announcement, which was released by Snowe's campaign office this afternoon, was later confirmed by Justin Brasell, the Senator's campaign manager.
According to a campaign aide to Snowe, Sharon Miller, the senator had been considering the decision for several weeks; "She was really struggling with it. But her timing is the same asand , who also made their decisions very close to the deadline".
Snowe served in the United States Congress for 33 years. Fellow Maine Senator said the announcement was a "complete surprise", and that it "devastated" her.
Snowe's decision not to seek reelection to her Senate seat has energized Democrats, who have a chance at winning the seat this fall, helping to defend their 51 seat to 47 seat majority in the body.
The announcement also took Senate Republican leadership by surprise; minority leader Kentucky and chairman of Texas reportedly were informed of Snowe's decision yesterday. According to one Republican, Snowe had sent a fundraiser invitation out on Monday.of
Those mentioned as possible contenders for Snowe's Senate seat include 2002 Republican Representatives and .candidate , Snowe's husband and Republican former Maine Governor , and Democratic
- Maine Sen. Snowe announces she’s not seeking re-election" — , February 28, 2012. "
- Michael A. Memoli. "Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, GOP moderate, won't seek reelection" — , February 28, 2012
- Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake. "Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire in blow to GOP" — , February 28, 2012
- David Catanese. "Olympia Snowe's retirement a boon for Democrats" — , February 28, 2012