Susan Collins Announces She Will Run Again for Maine Seat in 2020

In a decision sure to bring a sigh of relief for Republicans, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told supporters on Wednesday that she plans to seek a fifth term in the Senate in next year’s election.

The moderate Republican emailed her supporters Wednesday morning, according to Politico, to tell them there is still room for her “bipartisan commonsense approach” in politically polarized Washington.

Collins wrote in the email:

“The fundamental question I had to ask myself in making my decision was this: in today’s polarized political environment, is there still a role for a centrist who believes in getting things done through compromise, collegiality, and bipartisanship? I have concluded that the answer to this question is ‘yes,’ and I will, therefore, seek the honor of continuing to serve as Maine’s United States Senator.”

Collins, the last Republican senator from New England, has been seen as one of the more vulnerable Republicans in Washington and her seat is seen as critical to maintaining the Republican majority in the Senate.

Voters in Maine are deeply divided about President Donald Trump, with voters in the southern part of the state opposed to his brash politics and those in the more rural north largely supportive, and Democrats have gone to great lengths to tie Collins to the president.

Collins famously said she did not vote for Trump in the 2016 election, but has sided with the president on issues such as the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the GOP tax cut. Democrats have promised to keep up the accusations that she is one of Trump’s “top enablers” and will be watching closely how she votes in the Senate impeachment trial in January.

The 2020 race for her seat, Politico says, is likely to be the most difficult of her 22-year career, and is already shaping up as the most expensive in the state’s history. Collins’ top Democratic challenger is Sara Gideon, the speaker of Maine House of Representatives.

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  1. “IF Trump did (?) what you say, what has the got to do with him being in the White House?” Confused James

    There is no IF. His coconspirator IS IN JAIL for their crimes. You should be asking why His Majesty’s ass also isn’t in jail.

  2. “No crimes proven or mentioned.” Confused James

    I am confused.

    Did you ever read the charges outlined in the Mueller Report?

    King Donald The Loser’s CO-CONSPIRATOR is in jail. Why is His Majesty himself not in jail?

    Michael Cohen outlined how KDTL raised property values to get loans (that is a crime), and how he lowered his property values for insurance fees (that’s fraud) and taxes (that fraud against YOU). Are you O.K. with all of this fraud?

    1. IF Trump did (?) what you say, what has the got to do with him being in the White House? And, don’t bring up WHO belongs in jail or deported. A number of your radicalized Socialist/Marxist mentors may still be called and have an opportunity to plead guilty to violating the Espionage Act, Treason, Fraud. Stay tuned. AG Barr has his plate full.

  3. GovTrack.us has an interesting ideology chart ranking all Senators. Confused people, such as The Real Bob and Confused James, should look at it and figure out how they are wrong.

    “https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/susan_collins/300025”

    There are more really conservative Democrats in the Senate (4) than there are liberal American Fascists (0). Joe Manchin is off his reservation conservative. Collins, though, is still so conservative that she doesn’t even cross the middle divide.

  4. “Collins’ top Democratic challenger is Sara Gideon”

    If you actually want to drain the swamp, then look into Betsy Sweet.

  5. “I’ll assure you every one on the left, all the Trump haters and anti Trump people will have smiles from ear to ear after today.” Brad

    You are confused, Brad.

    I am not smiling at all. I think that it is a disgrace to our country and embarrassing to have to impeach a president, even this criminal one.

    King Donald The Loser has exposed many weaknesses of our system of government and corrupted it so much that we have a long way to go before this country will be able to achieve peace within itself.

    1. No crimes proven or mentioned. Just expressed and confirmed their hatred of Trump because he beat their Alinsky radicalized career criminal in 2016. Everyone should be thanking him and changing their voter registration to Republican (or Independent always voting Republican).

  6. “I frequently read IJR posts in support of TERM LIMITS. WHY would you support a 5th term for Collins if you actually believe what you post?” Phyllis

    There is a word for what they do. There may be a better one, but disingenuous came to mind first.

  7. I frequently read IJR posts in support of TERM LIMITS. WHY would you support a 5th term for Collins if you actually believe what you post? I don’t reside in Maine. Since I don’t wish to have the folks of Maine to tell me who the Senator from Pennsylvania should be, I am silent on that issue. BUT I am not a poster of calls for term limits or up voters on those many comments. You folks appear confused.

    1. “WHY would you support a 5th term for Collins if you actually believe what you post?” Phyllis

      There is a word for what they do. There may be a better one, but disingenuous came to mind first.

  8. does anyone else see the reoccurring theme “Accuse the Republicans without proof of what there’s proof Democrats are / have done” ?????????

  9. “is there still a role for a centrist who believes in getting things done through compromise, collegiality, and bipartisanship?”

    I hate to burst your bubble Susan, but, after the impeachment and Russian hoax “bipartisanship” will not return in Washington for many, many years. Not in my lifetime (I’m 62) and certainly not in yours either. Not only are politicians segregated from each other with “HATRED”, I know and see many Citizens divided, arguing and fighting with each other over, actually hating each other over the mess these so called smart ass politicians (who know everything that’s good for us) have created……some have said they are sad like Pelosi but I’ll assure you every one on the left, all the Trump haters and anti Trump people will have smiles from ear to ear after today.

    I fear if Trump is re-elected for a second term, it’s going to be the worst thing we’ll have ever seen in this country. Such hatred from those say’n they are “PRAYING” everyday for the President. It’s just crazy………people have gone insane…………..

  10. If I would be in Maine, I would welcome voting for a thoughtful centrist who sides with Trump, but has problems voting for a lying racist who has nothing but satisfying his ego as a success for America. For many thinking Americans, this could be an alternative idea. Do we dare wish such?

  11. Within the last 45 minutes, I received a text message from Senator Collins wanting money for her campaign. Why is it these rich politicians ALWAYS wait until a holiday or time for a family vacation to beg for money. And, I live in Florida. WHY should I donate to Collins in Maine, Hunter in California and McSally in Arizona? Stick it!

    1. while i agree with your sentiment, the fact is that money from out of state donations is how the Democrats steal elections. it’ll never happen but i think local elections should be local. if the reach is beyond the persons being effected it should be illegal … We actually have this for national elections already… as in, it’s illegal for foreign governments to advertise for politicians in USA elections.

  12. Collins is a perverted prissy prima donna who should focus on FLUKING herself!

    1. Primary the old bag! She votes more with the Dems than she does the Republicans. She’ll probably vote to impeach Trump in January. If she does, I think I’ll start one of those web sites to collect money to primary her and support a better Republican Candidate!

  13. At the moment she’s better then any dem and GOP won’t primary her.

    1. What happened to your concern of TERM LIMITS? Was that just talk? One moment you support term limits, that are never going to be enacted, then you support a 5th term for Collins…The only way to apply term limits is at the voting polls. WHY would you not want a Republican primary candidate if you support term limit? I don’t live in Maine. I have no complaints with Susan Collins. But I am not one of the many IJR posters fantasizing about term limits.

  14. Hopefully, the people of Maine are awake enough to not re-elect her. She’s heading to prison, but is hoping to bluff her way out by being re-elected. She’s delusional.

    1. Serious question.

      Heading to prison for *what*, exactly?

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