Maine GOP governor hopefuls ‘fringe’

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — The chairman of the Maine Democratic Party says Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ decision to stay in the Senate reflects the fact that her party’s gubernatorial candidates represent “the fringe of the party.”

Democratic Chairman Phil Bartlett said Friday that it “doesn’t say much for the Maine Republican Party” that Collins would rather stay in D.C. than contend for governor. He characterizes the current crop of Republican gubernatorial candidates as “a field of far-right politicians” pushing “extreme policies.”

Republican gubernatorial candidates include former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, Maine House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason and businessman Shawn Moody.

Collins announced Friday that she was staying in Senate because she wants to help hardworking families and improve the health care system.