Maine senator will not seek re-election
February 28th, 2012
05:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Maine senator will not seek re-election

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine announced Tuesday she will retire rather than seek re-election this year, surprising colleagues and perhaps casting the future of her seat in doubt.

The decision was made "after an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration," she said in a statement.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Maine • Olympia Snowe • Senate
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  1. rs

    Sen. Snowe is a dying breed within the GOP: a rational, pragmatic centerist in a party rapidly losing both its mind and soul.

    February 28, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Bill

    That's too bad – she is a good senator and can see all sidesof an issue without the hyper-partisan baloney.

    February 28, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The teabaggers drive another sane republican from office.

    February 28, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Just Saying

    After she leaves, how many rational Republicans will be left in the House or Senate? I think they could probably be counted on one hand, with at least one digit left over for "saluting" the rest.

    Just Saying...

    February 28, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Scott

    She is a moderating voice, and represents the best of what Congress can be. She will be missed, even by this non-Republican.

    February 28, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Namejkane fl

    I'm a Dem and I feel bad because ms snow is a great public who worked for the good of the country and made hard choices that were not always party first but were country first and we need more of that kind of thinking not less, and I thank you for your service and love of country, god bless and best of luck to a true patriot for your love of country. We need more of people like you in gov. Not less. Love a Dem from Fla.

    February 28, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Russ

    Most likely forced out by the radical right. I would get tired of their condesending back talk for disagreeing with the extremist factions of the GOP too. She will be missed. And I too am not a Republican.

    February 28, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Willie Floyd

    As a Dem. I have truly admired her devotion to our country. The people of Maine are losing an honest lady-very sad.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 28, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Len

    To Namejkane fl:

    Excellent statement. She will be missed. She worked hard for her state and her country.

    February 28, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Dug Fmjamaul

    Senator Snowe has voted against her Republican Party’s Majority 4 of 41 times on Judicial Nominations confirmed by the Senate, including 5 of 8 Progressive Judges. Republican Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama voted with the Republican Majority on all 41 of the Judicial Nominations while voting against all 8 of the Progressive Judges. Senator Snowe even voted to confirm Edward Milton Chen the former ACLU Lawyer and UC of California at Berkeley graduate who now sits on the most overturned Court in the land…the United States District Court for the Northern District of California also known as the infamous ‘Ninth Circuit’

    In 2011 Senator Snowe was ranked 30th (4%), tied with 8 Democrats on the Most Conservative Senators Rankings List and ranked 23rd (43%) on the Most Progressive Senators List. Senator Snowe voted for all four of the Bills the Democratic Majority passed without the help of the Republican majority of roll call votes. Senator Olympia Snowe was ranked 11th as the most Conservative Senator in 2010 by voting 88% (74 of 84) on conservative legislation, there were 28 Republicans ahead of her with only 41 Republicans in the Senate that year. Senator Snowe voted 35% (53 of 150) of the time and was ranked 21th on the Most Progressive Senators List during the 2010 Congressional year, below her were 39 other Republicans.

    In 2010 Senator Snowe voted for Cloture 54% (28 of 52) of the time in support of the Democratic leadership while maintaining an overall 79% Party Percent average voting with the Republican Minority. In 2011 Senator Snowe voted for Cloture 68% (23 of 34) of the time, ranked 11th while maintaining a 75% Party Percent Average while voting with President Obama's signed legislation 79% of the time. In 2009 Senator Snowe voted with President Obama more times than she voted with President George W. Bush in 2006.

    The Democrats have control of the Senate and the impact on which direction the nation is and will be moving politically, the nation has been moving in the wrong direction ever since our elected Representatives have abandoned 'Republicanism' for phoney baloney democracy that promotes socialism. Senator Snowe’s voting record against her own Party’s Majority efforts to move the nation in the 'Right' direction is working against the best interests of the United States of America and this Republic.

    Senator Snowe thank you for stepping down, the nation does not need anymore seditious progressive democratic senators nor RINOs.

    February 28, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |