Even before voters have had the chance to forget the rumors, assertions and promises of the 2010 campaign season comes word that it is not too soon to start wondering about 2012. Roll Call last week ran a lengthy piece on the possibility of a mystery tea-party candidate running against Sen. Olympia Snowe.
“The Maine state coordinator for the national Tea Party Patriots, Andrew Ian Dodge, tells Roll Call of ‘extensive’ conversations with a candidate who promises to formally announce his Republican primary candidacy against Snowe in the first three months of 2011,” the story says.
But who is that candidate?
“There is someone that’s going to come out. But he’s not going to be forced out by the press,” Dodge tells Roll Call. “Of course Snowe’s people want to know who it is, so they can take their machine and aim it at him and trash him. … It’s a giant chess game.”
Snowe, whose moderate voting record stands out in a Senate that is sharply divided, won her Senate seat in 1994 after a long career in the House. She increased the size of her election victories in subsequent re-elections, returning to office in 2006 with the backing of 74 percent of voters that year. Democrats have not run a strong challenger against her in years.
The full story is here.