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Three-term Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe won't run for reelection
The Hill ^ | February 28, 2012 | By Cameron Joseph

Posted on 02/28/2012 7:13:35 PM PST by SMGFan

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) will not run for reelection, she announced Tuesday evening, in a move that shocked Washington and boosted Democrats' chances of maintaining control of the Senate.

“After an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate," Snowe said in a statement. "It has been an indescribable honor and immeasurable privilege to serve the people of Maine."

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: maine; snowe
Great to see this Rino retire. If we cannot win Maine presidential, there goes that Senate seat.
1 posted on 02/28/2012 7:13:37 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan
If we cannot win Maine presidential, there goes that Senate seat.

We never had it in the first place.

2 posted on 02/28/2012 7:15:09 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: SMGFan

As somebody pointed out on the Hotair, if it’s a blue seat anyway, it may as well go to the Dems, because that’s what the seat was regardless of who was sitting in it.

But maybe there will be a slim chance that the Republicans will take it.


3 posted on 02/28/2012 7:16:57 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: SMGFan

Goodbye liberal.


4 posted on 02/28/2012 7:17:13 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: SMGFan

Good riddance to her. I am sure she will be replaced by another liberal RINO. But at least she’s gone. However, I would have loved to see her taken out in the primary.


5 posted on 02/28/2012 7:18:02 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: SMGFan

one Maine witch down.


6 posted on 02/28/2012 7:18:27 PM PST by omega4179 (Internet ID:FU░&#BO)
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To: Jonty30

The seat wil go to a dem, simply because of the timing.

To get on the ballot, a candidate will have to gather 2,000 signatures (really 2500) in 2 weeks-in Maine-in March.

Mainers, read my tag;


7 posted on 02/28/2012 7:20:29 PM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: SMGFan

The sad thing is that we will probably get another RINO to replace her.


8 posted on 02/28/2012 7:22:42 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: omega4179

Olympia Snowe is NOT retiring ... she’s MELTING! :)


9 posted on 02/28/2012 7:23:57 PM PST by taxcutisapayraise (Making Statism Unpopular)
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To: SMGFan

Can there possibly be any downside to this “retirement”?


10 posted on 02/28/2012 7:24:14 PM PST by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: SMGFan

Maine is a Democrat state. It may be that Snowe was the best you could elect there... time will tell.


11 posted on 02/28/2012 7:24:57 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldnÂ’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: SMGFan

Since she uniformly boted with the ‘rats, big deal. She gave us Obamacare with her treason.


12 posted on 02/28/2012 7:25:48 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Baynative
http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography ~ check out her committee assignments. The biggest impact will be the folks moving up on the Republican side. That would be a really big impact if the Republicans can take over the majority there.

It is possible there are HIDDEN DOWNSIDES in this ~ that would involve a worse RINO moving up.

13 posted on 02/28/2012 7:30:12 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: SMGFan

We can only hope that the trend Snowballs!


14 posted on 02/28/2012 7:31:23 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SMGFan

Good riddance, RINO.


15 posted on 02/28/2012 7:32:04 PM PST by PGalt
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To: SMGFan

WAH! Oly's gone!

16 posted on 02/28/2012 7:36:04 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SMGFan

Well, this ought to get the ‘USS Olympia Snowe’ on the fast track with the 0bama regime’s Navy toady Ray Mabus


17 posted on 02/28/2012 7:36:45 PM PST by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what e.coli is to an all-you-can-eat salad bar. NO ROMNEY!!!)
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To: muawiyah

She is a slacker as far as representation goes. Now, the taxpayers fund the rest of her life.


18 posted on 02/28/2012 7:46:36 PM PST by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: SMGFan; Kenny Bunk; randita; SunkenCiv; Impy; InterceptPoint; fieldmarshaldj; Just A Nobody; ...

What are the prospects for a more conservative Republican winning Snow’s seat?


19 posted on 02/28/2012 7:59:03 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: SMGFan

Time for her to get Snowed out and stop her Snowe job on the people.

Snowe leaves me cold.


20 posted on 02/28/2012 8:01:55 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: SMGFan

Good. Another panzi retiring.


21 posted on 02/28/2012 8:06:11 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: doorgunner69

She did not vote to pass Obamacare. She did not even vote for cloture - no Republicans did. She was awful on a number of things, but if there had been one more ‘Olympia Snowe’ in the Senate at the time of the vote it would have been blocked.


22 posted on 02/28/2012 8:35:43 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

“Maine is a Democrat state.”

Not entirely! We elected a conservative, TEA Party guy as governor in 2010....Paul LePage.

The same year, the Maine GOP won control of the Maine House and the Maine Senate for the first time since the early 1960’s. Progress is being made, gradually.


23 posted on 02/28/2012 8:52:58 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (I'm NOT smitten' with Mittens)
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To: Republican Wildcat

It may be that she provided the vote to get O’Care out of committee. Can’t remember details now, but it was dead, she gave it new life, and the rest, as they say, is history.


24 posted on 02/28/2012 8:57:51 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Republican Wildcat

If so, my mistake. I thought there were several Repub votes or lack of votes that kept the abomination moving, and hers and Collins were among them.


25 posted on 02/28/2012 9:33:24 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Republican Wildcat; doorgunner69
She did not vote to pass Obamacare. She did not even vote for cloture - no Republicans did. She was awful on a number of things, but if there had been one more ‘Olympia Snowe’ in the Senate at the time of the vote it would have been blocked.

What you say is true.

But when Senate rules required one minority vote to bring Obamacare out of committee and to the floor, Olympia Snowe was that one minority vote.

Were it not for her, Obamacare would not have made it to a vote in the Senate.

She didn't vote for it once it reached the floor. But she made sure it got there.

26 posted on 02/28/2012 9:51:05 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: omega4179
one Maine witch down.

You might want to check your spelling.

27 posted on 02/29/2012 8:33:49 AM PST by dearolddad
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