State Republican Party Chairman Charles Webster isn’t worried about Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).
Asked whether the two tea-party-affiliated candidates running against Snowe, Scott D’Amboise and Andrew Ian Dodge, put her at risk, Webster was frank.
“No,” he said, laughing. “How much more blunt can I be? No, and I don’t see her having any trouble in the fall. Her roots go real deep here. There’s no other way of putting it.”
On Tuesday, D’Amboise told a website that he does not believe President Barack Obama is a Christian. D’Amboise, who was the GOP nominee for Congress in Maine’s 2nd district in 2006, told FrumForum, “The President says he’s Christian but you know, he’s exercising a lot of Muslim faith too.” He added, “I don’t believe he’s a Christian.”
D’Amboise campaign spokesman Tyler Harber later told Roll Call that his boss “clearly he didn’t mean it the way it came out.”
One Democrat who is eyeing a challenge to Snowe is the former Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. He is currently interim director of the Sportsman Alliance of Maine.
“I am thinking about it and I’ll probably make a decision in the next month or so,” he said last week.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.