Snowe opponent looks to capitalize on CR 'hesitation'

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) ultimately voted for the House-passed spending bill on Wednesday, but that hasn't stopped one of her Tea Party-backed primary opponents from blasting her.

Businessman Scott D'Amboise said in a statement late Wednesday that Snowe's reservations on any of the $57 billion in cuts in the House bill, which also defunds Planned Parenthood and environmental projects, are a strike against her.

“Sen. Snowe's hesitation to support the spending cuts recommended by the House demonstrates her continued move left. She has disregarded the conservative desires of the people of Maine, forgetting long ago who she is supposed to represent. That's why a recent survey shows that Snowe's image among Republicans is irreparably damaged,” he said.

“In 2010, the voters in Maine voted for a staunchly conservative governor. In 2012, these same voters will support a conservative candidate like me instead of blindly returning Snowe to D.C.,” he added.

Snowe was one of several centrist Republicans who expressed problems with the House CR but ulimately toed the party line. Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) were all seen as wanting to change portions of the bill.

Snowe is also being opposed by Tea Party Patriots candidate Andrew Ian Dodge.