Maine Gov. Paul LePage passing on 2018 Senate bid
CONCORD – Maine’s governor will not run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by independent Angus King, his top political adviser said on Wednesday night.
There’s been speculation for months that Republican Paul LePage was seriously considering a challenge next year against King, a former two-term governor who was elected to the Senate in 2012 and caucuses with the Democrats.
Last month, in a radio interview, LePage said he was strongly contemplating a run but acknowledged that that he "wouldn't make a very good legislator."
But Brent Littlefield said in a statement that “Governor Paul LePage has helped the State of Maine achieve the largest number of private sector jobs in history, implement the largest tax cut in state history, and implement reforms which have resulted in Maine showing a significant revenue surplus earlier this year and, while these accomplishments are great, there is more to do. Therefore the Governor will remain focused on the job at hand and not enter the United States Senate race in 2018.”
The outspoken and controversial governor is currently serving his second and final two-year term in office.
State Sen. Eric Brakey, a libertarian-leaning Republican, is making moves towards running for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination. Brakey applauded LePage's decision not to run for Senate.
Maine’s other U.S. senator, Republican Susan Collins, said last month that she’s seriously considering a gubernatorial run in 2018.