PORTLAND — Republican Olympia Snowe presented herself Monday as the Senate candidate with the strongest statewide, bipartisan appeal as she trotted out a group of Democratic supporters.
Announcing the Democrats for Snowe Coalition, Snowe touted her bipartisan voting record and vowed again to fight to protect the interests of all Mainers.
“I will continue to fight for jobs. That’s the bottom line,” said Snowe. “I will continue to fight for the state from north to south.”
Flanked by four men and a woman wearing “Democrats for Snowe” buttons, Snowe suggested Monday that her inroads with Democrats were only “the tip of the iceberg.”
Democratic Rep. Tom Andrews, Snowe’s opponent, downplayed the significance of Snowe’s Democratic support, claiming substantial Republican support of his own.
Noting that he has formed “Republicans for Andrews” in previous elections, he suggested that Snowe is stealing his idea.
“Perhaps I should be flattered, because as they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery,” he said.
The Democrats for Snowe coalition is led by Scott Hutchinson of Cumberland, the former chief executive officer of Key Bank of Maine.
Other Democrats attending Snowe’s news conference were Linda Abromson, a Portland city councilor; Peter Grenier, a Lewiston city councilor; Bill Guay, a small-business man from Saco; and Mike Edgecomb, a Limestone town councilor.
Abromson said she was surprised how quickly she decided to forsake her party’s nominee in favor of Snowe.