Maine: Allen Says Wife’s Cancer Won’t Impact Senate Bid

Posted February 15, 2008 at 6:42pm

Democratic Rep. Tom Allen’s wife, Diana, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, his campaign announced late last week. According to the news release, the malignancy is believed to be small and in its early stages, but additional information will not be available until after surgery.

In a statement, Allen said his campaign will continue.

“Diana feels well and we are partners in this campaign as in our lives together,” he said. “We married almost 40 years ago and in that time we have experienced the joys and challenges of life together and raising a family. We will continue to talk to Maine voters about how we can change the direction of this state and nation.”

Allen is stepping down from his 1st district House seat to run against Sen. Susan Collins (R), who also released a statement on the matter.

“I am saddened to learn of Diana Allen’s breast cancer diagnosis, but I am relieved to learn from Tom that they expect her treatments to go smoothly and that she will quickly be on the road to recovery,” Collins said. “I applaud Diana’s effort to remind all women that regular screenings are the most effective way to combat breast cancer and improve a woman’s chances for early detection and successful treatment. My thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family during this difficult time.”

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) and her husband, former Gov. John McKernan (R), also issued a statement of support.
— Shira Toeplitz