Olympia Snowe is one of the most liberal Republicans in the U.S. Senate. But if Harry Reid is lucky, she might just cross the aisle and become a Democrat.
National Journal passes along the scuttlebutt:
“We hear that Dems are making new overtures to Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine to switch teams. They’ve tried before, but Snowe’s 2012 primary prospects make taking another run at her now seem worth it.”
After watching Tea Party activists go after Utah’s Bob Bennett, Snowe might just pull an Arlen Specter and switch parties instead of facing a challenger in the Republican primary. (A cautionary note for Snowe: It proved no help to Specter who lost in the Democratic primary to a Democrat that used Specter’s Republican votes against him.)
“There is going to be a primary, and she is going to have at least one ‘tea party’ candidate against her. If it is done correctly, she can be beaten,” Andrew Ian Dodge, the coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, told the Washington Times. “She is definitely the next target.”
Republicans won big in Maine, electing Paul LePage as Governor, and flipping control of Legislature to the GOP. It has Tea Party activists convinced that a more conservative Republican than Snowe could not only win a primary, but also a general election, too.
Maine’s Governor-elect Paul LePage is pro-life, while Snowe is very pro-abortion. But given that Snowe campaigned hard for LePage, he is expected to support her re-election bid.
But she might just switch parties before it comes down to that.