Maine has a long history of voting in independents, far before the recent growth of independents across the country as both parties increasingly marginalize themselves by adopting more extreme views and tactics. Olympia Snowe is one of the few remaining genuinely moderate republican senators, and its time she took the hint that people like her aren’t welcome in the GOP anymore.
Not that it is any surprise, but the Tea Party Express, one of the major Tea Party aligned political organizations, today officially declared that they will be targeting Snowe for a primary challenge next year. I’m really not sure what else she needs to know to make the obvious choice.
Snowe is popular, a diamond among the rough as far as people that are actually willing to work with people she disagrees with, looking for common ground to get work done over, and is a shoe in to win another term, should she choose to win. But, according to The Hill, the Tea Party thinks she is a disgrace:
“Olympia Snowe dishonors the notion that the Republican Party is supposed to be the fiscally conservative, constitutionalist political party in America,” Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said in a statement.
“She voted for the bailouts, the failed stimulus plan, the repeal of tax cuts and showed her disdain for the constitution by voting in favor of the nominations of Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotamayer to the Supreme Court,” Kremer said in the statement, which misspelled Sotomayor’s last name.
Snowe’s chief of staff, John Richter, countered that the Tea Party Express was “obviously … totally unfamiliar with her record on fiscal responsibility.”
“The idea that Senator Snowe dishonors the notion that Republicans are the fiscally conservative party is absurd,” he wrote to Roll Call on Thursday, listing her effort in 2001 to preserve federal surpluses and pay down the national debt, as well as her support for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
We desperately need people like her in D.C. Hit up the following link to email her to tell her she should drop the republican party and represent the American People.