Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine has abruptly announced that she will not seek re-election. This is breaking news and I don’t understand as there is no polling data that I can find at this time.
I know that Scott D’Amboise was putting on a challenge from the Republican side because I met him at CPAC 2011 and posted about it (link to Bryan Preston of PJMedia’s interview of that encounter is in the link), plus Tea Party independent Andrew Ian Dodge as also challenging her.
Apparently she’s getting sick and tired of being hammered by her conservative constituency. Good.
From Hot Air…
Via Slublog, this blogger at the Bangor Daily News says something’s suspicious here: “There is very obviously something going on here behind the scenes, since Senator Snowe was so aggressively campaigning for re-election, and in full campaign mode for the last year. Decisions like this – being so very much running (and winning) to very much not – do not happen this abruptly in politics. Ever.”
More, from a separate post: “I am told her own staff was unaware of this decision until just hours before the statement went out – just long enough to actually work on the release and send it out.”