Senator Snowe Won’t Seek a Fourth Term

Olympia Snowe, the 65 year old moderate Republican announced that she will not seek a fourth term. She will retire at the end of her third term that ends on January 3, 2013.

Her announcement has caused quite a shock among voters and politicians. The National Republican leadership was counting on her to gain majority and take control over the Senate. This would prove to be an added advantage to the Democrats who already posses a slim majority with 53-47 seats.

Explaining her announcement, Senator Snowe said “The two-party system is what’s been fundamental. And I think they have the responsibility ultimately because they control the governing institutions. That means they have to come to grips with their obligation to make the system work and what we’ve been witnessing is dysfunction and political paralysis in Washington”


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