With Senator Olympia Snowe announcing her retirement yesterday, Republicans have a chance to replace a RINO with a Republican. How good that chance is in the state of Maine, I don’t know, but judge it to be slim. Today Snowe had an opportunity to support free market and freedom of religion and did just the opposite. She egregiously voted with Democrats to table a motion allowing employers to make their own decisions on providing free birth control to employees. The motion would have been tabled even had she voted with Republicans, but she chose to solidify her non-Constitutional leanings.
The Senate voted to table the measure from Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), which would have let any employers opt out of healthcare coverage mandates that violate their religious or moral beliefs.
Three Democrats voted with Republicans to table the amendment: Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Bob Casey (Pa.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.). Casey and Manchin are both up for reelection in 2012.
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), who announced Tuesday she would retire at the end of this year, was the only Republican to vote in favor of tabling the amendment.
Townhall reports the only Republican not voting was Illinois Senator Mark Kirk who is recovering from stroke. The vote was 51-48, so even with three Democrats voting with Republicans, Snowe could have joined them and still gotten the result she wanted.
Snowe was one of only three Republicans voting for Obama’s $787B Stimulus plan, along with her Maine counterpart, Senator Susan Collins and the retired Arlen Specter. With a little luck, we’ll hear that Susan Collins is moving on as well.
NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) gives Snowe a 83% ranking for her support of pro-abortion legislation in 2011. She voted against prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortions, no on requiring parental notification of a child seeking an abortion, no on a ban of partial birth abortions, no on barring Health and Human Services from providing funding for abortion. She voted against a Constitutional definition of marriage as one man and one woman. She voted for Dodd-Frank. I wish her a good retirement and thank her for giving us another chance at a Maine Senate seat, no matter how the vote goes.
At this moment, there is one declared Republican candidate, Scott D’Amboise. More on him later. Candidates have until March 15th to declare. Good riddance Olympia Snowe.