03/08/2012 05:21 pm ET Updated May 08, 2012

Chellie Pingree: Open Letter Protests Congresswoman's Decision To Not Seek Olympia Snowe's Senate Seat

Representative Pingree,

Your announcement yesterday that you will not seek the open Senate seat in Maine made my heart sink. My emotional reaction to your well-reasoned decision surprised me. After all, as someone who has operated in the political arena for quite a while now, I'm accustomed to the pragmatic decisions and political calculations that are the bread and butter of incremental progress. Still, there are moments where outrageous circumstances should trump reasonable decision making, and recent events in the world of US women have been outrageous enough to warrant one of those moments.

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