Sen. Snowe Blames Senate’s ‘Political Paralysis’ For Not Seeking Re-Election

On Wednesday — a day after she announced she would not seek re-election — Maine Senator Olympia Snowe spoke to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell about her decision. During their conversation, Snowe stated it’s been “very, very difficult” to resolve major issues in the Senate, which was a factor she considered.

Thinking about how best she should serve, Snowe said she’s looking to work outside of the bubble of Congress:

And I made the decision not to run for re-election of the Senate and to pursue other opportunities outside the Senate that perhaps I can give voice to the frustrations that you know, exist with the political system here in Washington, where it’s dysfunctional.

She further warned “the political paralysis has overtaken the environment to the detriment to the good of the country.”

Snowe is widely touted as one of the few remaining moderate Republicans, and news of her decision has sparked a bit of a media frenzy.

Take a look, via MSNBC:

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