WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 4, 2012–Below is a statement by the former Governor of New Jersey and current board member of Americans Elect, Christine Todd Whitman, and former Governor and U.S. Sen. of Oklahoma, David Boren, on this week’s decision by Senator Olympia Snowe.
“Sen. Olympia Snowe is the essence of a true public servant, and we celebrate her as she makes the tough decision to forgo reelection to the United States Senate. We strongly agree with Sen. Snowe’s thoughts that there is a ‘vital need for the political center in order for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us. It is time for change in the way we govern.’
“That is why we stand with Americans Elect, because it offers a bipartisan solution to the gridlock that grips our nation today. It is a necessary shock to the system. The partisanship on display in Washington by both the Republican and Democratic parties and their refusal to work together poses a serious risk to the health of the nation.”