Good Riddance Olympia Snowe: Scott D’Amboise Lone Republican Candidate for Maine Senate Seat

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.

Olympia Snowe

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.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook


  • If there is just one republican challenger, it increases the odds of success. I know here in TN, the conservative vote gets split, and we wind up in RINO-ville.

    • republican mother, D’Amboise is supposedly a “TeaParty-type” conservative. I don’t know much about him. Before Snowe’s announcement, I read that she would likely be re-elected. In the last election she won by 74%. Maybe there is another Olympia Snowe, whether male or female deciding to file right now.

      If we can’t have a conservative in, I’d still rather have a RINO.

  • I’m wondering if you have a solid grasp on the power of a “majority” or even more importantly, a “super majority”.
    The question really isn’t if Snowe was or is a RINO or not but rather the effect it has on who takes control of the Senate.

    Okay, here’s my forecast and you may not like it but this is what I foresee in November.

    1) Romney will lose to Obama simply because Americans cannot relate to Romney. It’s an empathy issue.

    2) The GOP will retain the House. The numbers just aren’t there.

    3) Now the Senate, wow, 3 months ago I would have said it would be a 50/50 nail biter for various reasons. Keep in mind now, that a 50/50 would not only empower Dems as they have the White House, but would also give Biden the deciding vote in the event of a tie. This is a serious number.
    Then Ben Nelson from Nebraska, an unquestionable DINO, in his usual “bad news for Democrats’ fashion, announces his retirement. So I’m thinking his seat will go to Republicans. No 50/50 meaning that Biden cannot be an issue.

    But things have changed considerably this week. Former Sen Bob Kerrey, a Dem, entered the Nebraska race. This has brought Dems to their feet and has made Reps wince.
    According to the University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato, “The Olympia decision in particular is a major psychological blow for the Republicans”. And I couldn’t agree with him more. Snowe screwed the Reps just as Nelson screwed the Dems, but the Dems seem to be coming out smelling like a rose whereas the Reps are scrambling.

    Now, let’s assume #1 is wrong and people do like being fired and so on and so on and Romney, Santorum, Newt, or even to cater to the delusional, Paul wins. Snowe may very well have just deprived the Reps of the majority.

    Good riddance??????

    While I personally couldn’t agree more, it makes me wonder what you’re thinking.

    • andy42302, I do understand the power of a majority and am hoping for a much stronger majority than we have now. It’s that simple. She made her decision. You can’t change that.

    • As far as the President, Andy, I think you greatly underestimate the anger at Obama, and the fear that if he stays president, we could litteraly wave bye bye to this country as a beacon of freedom. I hope your wrong, but my gut.. says O loses to whomever goes against him.

      • David, my assessment is based on real numbers with consistent polls, not personal preferences or emotion.
        There is indeed anger in this country but I’m not seeing the majority of that anger directed towards Obama. Sure, some can believe that we can “litteraly wave bye bye to this country as a beacon of freedom” but that belief doesn’t stand up to scrutiny and demonstrates an abject ignorance on the powers of the president and the checks and balances in place. It doesn’t even make sense. It’s like saying that many people fear reelecting Obama as he’ll promptly release mad rabid unicorns while our homes are overrun with pigmies.
        But my point was that the GOP failed to produce a competitive candidate. Even if they did, the presidential powers are limited to what the legislative branch will allow. So even if there is enough anger to unseat Obama, Snowe just very likely denied the GOP a super majority, which I would find really scary.

        • One reason there’s no real good candidate is because, the right wing of the party.. The Tea Party, is struggling with the old gaurd Republicans who just want to get along with the Democrates. The old gaurd gave us McCain and now they are giving us Mitt.. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Polls have been wrong in the past. I pray they are wrong now.

  • She has been terrible. ?Now if we can get rid of Hatch in my state.