Friday April 13, 2012 | 02:46 PM

Attorney General William Schneider is hoping a couple of Sen. Olympia Snowe’s former campaign staffers can help him win Snowe’s job.

Schneider has hired Justin Brasell, Snowe’s former re-election campign manager, and Martin Sheehan, a former Snowe campaign aide who also used to be communications director at the Maine Heritage Policy Center. Brasell was described by the Washington Post as “a renowned Republican operative” and was the former campaign manager of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota.

Schneider’s hires are especially interesting because Snowe’s  now-defunct re-election campaign also shared a voter e-mail list with the attorney general shortly after her surprise retirement announcement in February.

Snowe said last month she may endorse a candidate before the GOP primary June 12, but she hasn’t yet. And the campaign connections don’t necessarily mean it will be Schneider. Snowe also has ties to others in the race, most notably her own former long-time aide Secretary of State Charlie Summers.

Schneider, meanwhile, announced today that he has launched a campaign website (, a Twitter account (@BillForMaine) and a Facebook page.

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