Wednesday August 31, 2011 | 11:11 AM

GOP Senate candidate Scott D'Amboise of Lisbon Falls, one of two Tea Party affiliated candidates who say they will challenge three-term GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe in next year's Republican primary, says the Tea Party Express is coming to Maine Sept. 6 for a rally.

D'amboise told supporters in a campaign email that, "As part of their “Reclaiming America Tour,” the Tea Party Express bus and crew will host a rally in Portland on September 6th. I hope you will join me!"

That doesn't mean, of course, that the Tea Party Express rally is an endorsement of D'Amboise. On its web site, the Tea Party Express lists a full schedule of rallies across the country as part of its bus tour, and does not mention backing any specific candidates. "The tour will travel coast to coast, carving through early primary states. The rally is at Fort Allen Park – Eastern Promenade, at noon, the Tea Party Express says.

Also running against Snowe is Republican Andrew Ian Dodge of Harpswell. Two Democrats have said they are considering a run in the general election: state Rep. Jon Hinck of Portland and former Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap of Old Town.

A conservative group, Heritage Action for America, recently rated Snowe and GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine as two of the three least conservative senators, based on the group's legislative scorecard.


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