“I am very surprised and saddened to learn that Senator Snowe is not going to seek reelection,” says Bob Nutting, speaker of the Maine house of representatives:
She has spent over 30 years serving the people of the state of Maine and has been an excellent U.S. senator. We will miss her service. We will miss her civility and her willingness to work across the aisle. I was helping with her campaign and have spoken to her personally several times in recent months, and I’m very sad that she’s chosen not to run for reelection. She has been an institution in the state of Maine, and she’s been a great help to the Republican party, recruiting candidates up and down the ticket, and she will be missed.
For more reaction to the news, see here.