Tea Party Targets Senators Snowe and Stabenow

Tea Party Express has placed Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine and Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan on their target list, setting up tea party trouble for both lawmakers in 2012.

The Tea Party accused Snowe of being a "RINO:" a Republican in name only.

"Olympia Snowe dishonors the notion that the Republican Party is supposed to be the fiscally conservative, constitutionalist political party in America," Express chairman Amy Kremer said.

Kremer also argued that a strong conservative candidate needs to replace Stabenow, who Republicans are already planning to unseat next year.

"Stabenow has been an advocate for the big government nanny state, forgetting that we the people tell the government what to do, not the other way around," Kremer said.

Snowe has been shown in polls to be vulnerable to a primary challenge from the right. In Michigan, Republicans such as potential challenger Saul Anuzis are stating Stabenow's low approval ratings as a reason why they believe Stabenow could lose a strong general-election challenge.

Snowe and Stabenow are the Tea Partys latest additions to their list of challenges. The group has also announced that it intends to target Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, whom tea party leaders have denounced for backing comprehensive immigration reform and legislative earmarks.

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