(PRESSHERALD) — Citing bitter and unbreakable partisanship in Congress, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced this afternoon that she has decided not to run for re-election after 33 years in Congress.
In a statement issued by her campaign, Snowe said that both she and her husband, former Gov. John R. McKernan, are in good health and she is certain she would have won re-election.
But Snowe cited frustation over "an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies" that have taken over Washington. She said she didn't expect that polarization to improve in the next six years, which would have been the length of her new term.
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In her statement, she said, "As I enter a new chapter, I see a vital need for the political center in order for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us. It is time for change in the way we govern, and I believe there are unique opportunities to build support for that change from outside the United States Senate.