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Drops Out of U.S. Senate Race
By: David Deschesne
Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal
February 28, 2012
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA—Three term U.S. Senator, Olympia Snowe (R– Maine) has announced she will no longer be seeking reelection to her seat this Fall.
Claiming to be a moderate, the Senator is a Council on Foreign Relations member who has generally leaned closer to Socialist/Communist ideologies than the strong fiscal and social conservative values now on the upswing in her home state of Maine. Siding more often than not with socialist Democrats, Snowe has brought the ire of her Republican base and has been continually losing support at the grass roots level.
Citing a “partisan” crowd in the District of Columbia that is unlikely to change, Snowe said it is unlikely her next term would be productive. It’s more likely the strong “tea party” activism in Maine is the reason for her decision. She was booed by some attending a Republican caucus in Bangor earlier this month.
Republican challengers in the Senate race, Scott D’Amboise and Andrew Ian Dodge, have criticized her voting record and questioned her fiscal conservatism. Calls for “Snowe removal” have been popular among some Maine tea party members.
“I was saddened to learn today that Senator Olympia J. Snowe will not seek re-election for United States Senate," said Maine Governor, Paul LePage. "Senator Snowe has represented the State of Maine for more than three decades with integrity and has been a tremendous leader and a tireless advocate for the people of Maine. I wish Senator Snowe and Governor John McKernan my heartfelt best with their future endeavors and I know they will continue to be wonderful public servants for the State of Maine.”
“I am deeply saddened to learn of Senator Snowe’s decision to not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate," said Maine Secretary of State Charles Summers Jr. "I have known her for many years and she is the epitome of public service. Her dedication to Maine and her people is legendary and second to none. Our State and Nation are better for her service. I wish her and Governor McKernan the very best.”
As a Republican In Name Only (RINO) senator, Snowe has continually supported the unconstitutional Federal Reserve and the unconstitutional federal Income Tax. She has also enthusiastically supported the transition of the United States from a free society to an authoritarian police state based upon the former Soviet Union and East German models.
Republican Scott D’Amboise, a southern Maine small businessman is now the only remaining candidate in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate now that Senator Olympia Snowe has declined to run for re-election. Snowe’s announcement comes a week after a third Republican candidate, Andrew Ian Dodge, dropped out of the race after facing problems raising money and soliciting support at the state’s Republican caucus meetings held over the past month.
Maine requires candidates to collect nearly three-thousand signatures from registered Republican voters to gain access to the ballot. Each signature must be certified by the town clerk from the voter’s resident town prior to filing the signature with the Secretary of State, further complicating the process to be listed on the ballot.
“I respect Senator Snowe’s decision, and look forward to facing the Democratic nominee in the fall,” said D’Amboise. “With Maine’s complicated signature process, it is doubtful that any other Republican could collect the requisite number of signatures to appear on the ballot before the March 15th deadline no matter how much money they spent.”
“No other Republican candidate has been collecting signatures to run for U.S. Senate as a Republican, leaving us as the presumptive nominee,” concluded D’Amboise.
D’Amboise has raised over a half-million dollars from more than 14,000 donors to date, and has built a significant support base throughout the state including collecting the required number of signatures to appear on the ballot.
The position of U.S. Senator was originally designed to be an agent for their respective State Legislatures in the nation’s capitol. However, after extensive lobbying by socialist advocates in the early 1900s the selection of Senators was taken away from the State legislatures and given to the general public at large; thereby abolishing the bi-cameral system of government set up by the U.S. Constitution and replacing it with two houses of representatives elected by and beholden to the people, with State legislatures no longer having a voice in the federal law-making process.