Olympia Snowe Cast Final Vote as Member of Congress
Retiring US Senator Olympia Snowe was in Maine to cast her ballot today, the final time as a member of Congress.She voted this morning at Falmouth High School.Snowe has endorsed Kevin Raye in the race for US House from Maine’s second district. Raye worked as an aide to Snowe for many years.Snowe announced in February she would not run for re-election after 34 years in congress, 18 of them as a senator. “I’ve loved public service, I always have. I love people and I love the institution of the Senate and Congress overall. I just regret not doing the job that’s necessary for these consequential times and that’s my deepest and most abiding concern, and I feel I can best contribute outside the system right now and move it in a different direction.”Snowe using her three-million dollars in campaign funds to start a leadership institute for high school girls.She’s also going to create a political action committee to support consensus-building candidates for the future.