Snowe Blames Partisanship
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, decided to retire from the Senate because of the partisan rancor that had disrupted the legislative process, she said in a television interview Wednesday.
Snowe made her decision to quit over recess, when she hit a milestone by turning 65 years old. She said she gained focus at that time and was no longer prepared to commit another six years to the Senate.
"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, and the political paralysis has over taken the environment to the damaging of the good of the country," she said on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports.