Maine Tea Party leader says he'll challenge Snowe in 2012

Andrew Ian Dodge calls the three-term Republican Senator a moderate and a "rubber stamp for Obama"

Published February 11, 2011 11:11PM (EST)

Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)

The Maine coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots says he will run against U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe in the 2012 Republican primary.

Andrew Ian Dodge of Harpswell announced Friday that he's challenging Snowe for the seat she has held since 1995. Calling Snowe a "rubber stamp for Obama," Dodge says she's vulnerable in the primary because of her moderate political positions.

He made his formal announcement at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Snowe's chief of staff, John Richter, said he was surprised that Dodge didn't make his announcement in the state whose people he wants to represent. He also said Snowe has never taken a race for granted, "and 2012 is no exception."

Former Republican congressional candidate Scott D'Amboise of Lisbon Falls previously announced he intends to challenge Snowe, as well.

By Associated Press

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