USM's Ron Schmidt was interviewed by WGME-TV on Sen. Susan Collins' decision to remain in office rather than run for governor.
Collins maintains influence in the U.S. Senate due to her seniority and her committee posts, including seats on the Committee on Appropriations and the Special Committee on Aging, Schmidt said.
"And so there is an opportunity there for her to work on her leverage as someone who is not completely affiliated with the Trump Administration but whose votes the president and Sen. Mitch McConnell really need," Schmidt said. "And that could result in tangible benefits for Mainers."
Schmidt is an associate professor at USM who specializes in American and European political theory.
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