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With Collins Out, 3 Republicans Considering Bids

Thibodeau, Summers, and Tardy are considering running.

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Zach C. Cohen
Oct. 16, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

State Senate President Mike Thibodeau (R) and former Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers (R) said “Friday that they’re considering runs. Newport lobbyist Josh Tardy was pushing” Sen. Susan Collins (R) “to run and now may run himself.”

“Summers, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1994, 2004, 2008 and 2012, joked on Friday that he’s ‘never met a race I didn’t like.’ He’s said he’s ‘seriously’ considering a run and would have to decide soon.”

“Thibodeau gave no timeframe for a decision.” Thibodeau: “Mrs. Thibodeau and I will have plenty to talk about and we’ll see how it goes.”

“Tardy said his decision on running isn’t imminent and while Friday was ‘primetime’ for Collins’ announcement, it’s still the ‘preseason’ in the race and there’s more time to decide.”

“Adam Lee of Cumberland, chairman of Lee Auto Malls and one of the highest-profile Democrats considering a run, said he edged off the idea of running before Collins bowed out. Instead, he said he’ll wait for two or three months and hope that a party front-runner will emerge whom he can get behind. … But Lee said he reserves the right to launch a campaign.” (Bangor Daily News)

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