Friday, April 25, 2014
GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine stopped just short today of officially endorsing Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney.
During an event in Portland, Collins indicated she likely would endorse the former Massachusetts governor and businessman after the South Carolina primary, according to Maine Public Broadcasting Network. MPBN also reported that Collins decried the negative campaigning going on out on the GOP presidential early primary trail.
Kevin Kelley, Collins' spokesman, said that Collins' comments were praise but not a formal endorsement. Kelley said that Collins said, "I like Gov. Romney's business experience, record of accomplishments in the business world, in turning around the Olympics and as a governor. He has the experience and knowledge to deal with the economic challenges we are facing."
GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine has not yet backed a GOP presidential candidate, her office said.
Romney has collected a series of big name GOP endorsements on the way to winning the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and the 2008 Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.Tweet
Kevin Miller is Washington bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media. He has worked as a journalist in Maine for 6 ½ years, covering the environment, politics and the State House. Before arriving in Maine, he wrote about politics, government and education for newspapers in Virginia and Maryland.
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