Saturday, June 8, 2013

Reviewing Olympia Snowe's new book in the Washington Post

My review of former Sen. Olympia Snowe's new book, Fighting for Common Ground, is in this Sunday's Washington Post, but it's already available online for those who can't wait that long.

Snowe, you'll recall, surprised most everyone last year by stepping down late in the Senate primary season, and there's been speculation as to why she did so. She's also set up an organization to support moderates, Olympia's List, which recently gave a $10,000 donation to Snowe's former Senate colleague, Susan Collins. Previously, the political action committee that became Olympia's List gave to a long list of Maine Republicans, including non-moderates like Gov. Paul LePage and state Rep. Amy Volk.

Snowe's husband, former Gov. John McKernan, was in the news last week, after a federal judge allowed three of six counts against for-profit college operator Education Management Corporation to move forward. McKernan was CEO when the alleged legal violations took place before becoming board chairman, a position he stepped down from last August. The firm faces a second whistleblower suit which is expected to also move forward.

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