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Friday September 02, 2011 | 02:39 PM

Sen. Olympia Snowe’s reelection campaign appears to be trying to coin a new acronym, G.T.D., the topic line of a campaign email the Maine Republican sent out this afternoon.

That would be, “Getting Things Done.”

“I’ve traveled all over Maine the past few weeks and I’ve listened to many of you voice your concerns over our economy and what is happening in Washington,” Snowe says in the campaign email. “I want you to know that I share your concerns and I’m frustrated with the lack of progress. Too often politics gets in the way of Getting Things Done. (Bold emphasis was Snowe’s.) As a reformer I believe we need to get out of the way and let small businesses do what they do best.”

Snowe says she enjoyed being home in Maine for the August recess, but is “looking forward to getting back to Washington to continue my push for regulatory reform and a balanced budget amendment.”

One thing Snowe did not mention in her email was a Tea Party Express rally scheduled to be held in Portland at noon on Tuesday. Snowe will be back in D.C. on Tuesday, as the Senate is back in session after August recess that day, as it is most Tuesdays, at 2 p.m. and a first vote of the week is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., a Snowe spokesman said.

Scott D’Amboise of Lisbon Falls, one of two Tea Party affiliated candidates who say they will challenge the three-term incumbent in next year’s GOP primary, sent out a campaign email earlier this week trumpeting the rally, part of a national tour being conducted by the conservative group.

One problem with Snowe’s campaign email, which also touts her new campaign web site: one of the two links to the site doesn’t work.

So far, Snowe doesn’t have an announced Democratic opponent for 2012, although state Rep. Jon Hinck of Portland and former Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap of Old Town have said they are considering making runs at Snowe in the general election.

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