Monday January 02, 2012 | 10:30 AM

State Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, says she is considering a U.S. Senate run this year for the seat held by three-term Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.

Dill posted the news on New Year Day on her blog, saying that "against all odds" she is considering a U.S. Senate bid.

There already are two Democrats seeking their party's nomination for  a Senate run: former Secretary of State Matt Dunlap of Old Town and state Rep. Jon Hinck of Portland.

"Am I crazy? I want America to educate our children, protect our seniors, reward our veterans and keep people healthy and safe," Dill said on her blog. "I want corporations and wealthy people to pay their fair share of taxes, and I know that corporations are not people. I want a senator who will stand up for ordinary people and speak loudly for economic justice."

Snowe is being challenged in the GOP primary by two tea party movement affiliated Republicans: Scott D'Amboise of Lisbon Falls and Andrew Ian Dodge of Harpswell.

So far, national pundits aren't placing Snowe in the endangered category. The National Journal's Hotline politics site said before the holidays that Snowe ranked 19th on a list of 20 Senate seats possibly in play in the fall.

“The lack of a real, well-funded challenger from the right makes Snowe a safe bet in the primary. Democrats have two credible contenders duking it out for the nomination, and with it the right to lose to the incumbent,” said the Hotline assessment.

Dill recently formed a group to advocate on behalf of environmentalist Roxanne Quimby's proposal to create a national park in northern Maine.

She is asking people to let her know on her Facebook page whether they think she should get in the U.S. Senate race. She also is soliciting donations to her leadership political action committee.

Dill was a state representative who won her District 7 state Senate seat last year in a special election.


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