Olympia Snowe (R)
A GOP we can actually tolerate from the great State of Maine has decided she is not going to run for re-election of her senate seat in November. This is a lady who has voted her conscience the last thirty-three years in Washington DC representing Maine in the House and Senate. Our entire lives, we've heard about the senator with the crazy name.
Now, we aren't going to say we've agreed with all of her decisions, but Olympia is a different breed of politician. A "New England Republican" if you will. She has gone against her party on issues and hasn't towed the line like a Koch Brother Zealot.
Is Olympia another "Republican In Name Only" or RINO as the zealots call them? Ask your favorite Maine GOP and they will say yes. If you asked them fifteen years ago you would have heard a different tune. The political landscape has changed so dramatically that there is no longer room for Olympia in Washington. She has actually sited this as her reason for not seeking re-election.
“Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of
recent years in the Senate to change over the short term,” Snowe said in
a statement. “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.”- Olympia Snowe
Google 'em, there are blogs screaming for her head on a spike because she is the most liberal GOP senator to date. It
is truly unfortunate that it has come to this. The division of political parties is only firing up, it is much like Mabel & Salty with a Red Sox/Yankee series.
We bid you adieu Olympia Snowe, we were proud to have you during the good and the bad because you had cojones and stood your ground on the issues. We didn't always agree with you but we knew you had a moral compass. You are the last of a rare breed and you will be missed in the great State of Maine.