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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Tea partier Andrew Ian Dodge launches campaign against Snowe

By Aaron Blake

Tea Party activist Andrew Ian Dodge just announced his candidacy against Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) in the 2012 primary.

Dodge leads the Maine Tea Party Patriots and has been weighing a campaign in recent months. At a small press conference at CPAC, he said he feels called to run.

He joins former congressional candidate Scott D'Amboise in the primary with Snowe.

Neither is considered a top-flight candidate, but Snowe could have problems against a legitimate tea party challenge, given her moderate record in the Senate.

Maine just elected a tea partier, Paul LePage, as its governor.

Dodge said he expected LePage to back Snowe. In fact, LePage has already told National Review that he will support the senator over any tea party challenger. His relationship with her family "transcends politics," in his words -- LePage credits Snowe's late husband with helping him get into college.

Dodge also had some choice words for LePage himself.

"Right now he seems to be getting news more for his mouth than anything else," Dodge said.

LePage caught controversy recently for telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt."

By Aaron Blake  | February 11, 2011; 12:43 PM ET
Categories:  Republican Party, Senate  
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