Comments from UMaine political scientist Mark Brewer were included in a New York Times story about Maine’s political climate in the wake of U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe’s resignation announcement earlier this week. Brewer said rumors about who might run in the race to elect Snowe’s replacement are coming fast. Brewer told ABC News Snowe could be a candidate for Americans Elect, a third-party group trying to change the presidential process by letting Americans vote online to nominate a presidential candidate, rather than playing through the Democratic and Republican parties’ primaries and caucuses. Brewer and fellow UMaine faculty member Amy Fried were also interviewed for a story by the Agence France-Presse (AFP) wire service, which ran on the website of Sin Chew Daily, a leading Chinese-language newspaper in Malaysia. Fried told AFP Snowe is a kind of monument in Maine politics.
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