Retirees Lament Departure of Senator Snowe

February 29, 2012

“An increasingly rare voice of moderation”

For Immediate Release

                  
February 29, 2012                                                  

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans.
 
"The retirement of Senator Snowe is yet another reminder of the extreme direction in which the Republican Party is heading.  Senator Snowe has been an increasingly rare voice of moderation and openness.

"While retirees and workers did not agree with Senator Snowe on every issue, her door was always open to listen and engage in meaningful discussion.  She regularly met with Alliance members when they visited Washington and spoke at our Maine Alliance meetings.

"Perhaps Senator Snowe's experience was shaped when her party's leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, announced that his top priority would be to defeat President Obama.  Senator Snowe, like Arlen Specter, Jim Jeffords and others before her, was a throw-back to a day when legislators of both parties sought to forge common ground.

"Retirees want to be able to pay their bills and stay healthy.  That should not be a Republican goal or a Democratic goal, but something that all Americans want.

"The Alliance for Retired Americans congratulates Senator Olympia Snowe on a lifetime of dedication to public service.”

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Contact: David Blank (202) 637-5275 or dblank@retiredamericans.org

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