DSCC endorses Shenna Bellows in Maine

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has endorsed Shenna Bellows, the party’s only candidate challenging Maine Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsSwing-state Republicans play up efforts for gun control laws Reid knocks GOP on gun 'terror loophole' after attacks GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase MORE.

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The DSCC’s endorsement comes a week after Maine’s candidate filing deadline passed. In a statement, DSCC Chairman Michael Bennet (Colo.) called Bellows “the type of leader we need in the U.S. Senate.”

“Shenna is an energetic leader who has fought for women’s rights, civil rights, individual freedoms, environmental protections, and an economy that works for everyone. She has the values and vision to always do what’s best for Mainers,” he said.

Collins isn’t seen as particularly vulnerable, and Bellows’ candidacy, while unique in its emphasis on a mix of progressive and libertarian issues, isn’t considered a strong threat.

Bellows did receive national attention, however, after outraising Collins in the fourth quarter and due to her positions in favor of marijuana legalization and dismantling of the National Security Agency's surveillance program.