Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) Says She’ll Vote for ‘DADT’ Repeal

As the measure to repeal "DADT" now heads to the Senate for approval, Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine says she'll do the right thing.

Said Snowe in a statement: Snowe.jpg

"After careful analysis of the comprehensive report compiled by the Department of Defense and thorough consideration of the testimony provided by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the service chiefs, I support repeal of the 'don’t ask, don’t tell' law."

Snowe was a "no" vote in last week's failed attempt to pass the Defense authorization bill with 'DADT' repeal attached as an amendment.


  1. says

    Snowe’s been on the fence all along. She was a “Nay” last week because she wanted her rich friends to continue to get their tax cuts first.
    You know the GOP mantra: Us before anyone else …

  2. says

    Dems have 58 senators.

    Manchin is voting no, that brings us to 57.

    Collins and Snowe are voting yes, that brings us to 59.

    Brown, Murkowski, and Ensign have all indicated they support post-tax-bill repeal.

    As long as we can get one of those votes, we’re home free.

  3. George says

    SO CLOSE!! Brown will probably be next.

    Come on Murkowski! Stick it to the party that turns its back on you!

  4. Jerry says

    Olympia Snowe, what a fabulous name. PLUS she looks like a Maria Callas impersonator at the Mykonos La Cage. She would totally get my vote.

  5. Ken says

    Sounds like the votes are there but wonder how many of them are lying? If they aren’t lying, I wonder how Reid will manage to screw it up? If it passes the Senate, Obama will probably decided to “compromise” with the Republicans and veto it… Sorry, but over the last two years I’ve lost what little faith I still had in out goverment. Hope I’m wrong this time.

  6. adamblast says

    I’ll believe it when I see it. The Republicans will again come up with some procedural figleaf so repeal “supporters” can deny Democrats any win. Probably: not enough time for debate on enough amendments again. Short of major rule changes, the senate is beyond repair. I too would so love to be wrong.

    Anyone up for a unicameral legislature?

  7. says

    59? Make that 60…

    “Sen. Murkowski will support a stand-alone repeal of the DADT law,” said Murkowski spokesman Michael Brumas. “With the tax package out of the way, and legislation to fund the government on a glide path to passage, Sen. Murkowski will vote to move to DADT when it is brought to the floor.”

  8. TruthSeeker_Too says

    CALL THE FOLLOWING, especially if you live in their state. We can’t take a chance that someone isn’t in their seat when the vote takes place. (Can you say “Blanche Lincoln?”)

    The White House at 202-456-1414

    Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): 202-224-6665 (Says she supports repeal, but conditions it on passage of tax cuts and continuing spending resolution.)

    Olympia Snowe (R-ME): 202-224-5344 (Pre-conditions her support for repeal on tax cuts and continuing spending resolution must pass first before she will vote for stand-alone repeal)

    Scott Brown (R-MA): 202-224-4543 (has preconditions before POSSIBLY voting for cloture on the stand-alone bill)

    Mark Kirk (R-IL): 202-224-2854 (no position)

    George Voinovich (R-OH): 202-224-3353 (no position)

    Richard Lugar (R-IN): 202-224-4814 (no position)

    Judd Gregg (R-NH): 202-224-3324 (no position)

    Kit Bond (R-MO): 202-224-5721 (no position)

    John Ensign (R-NV): Harry’s junior senator might switch his vote. (202) 224-6244

    Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark); (202) 224-4843 – voted “NO” first time; missed 2nd cloture vote but SAYS she is a supporter. Ask her to co-sponsor.

    Harry Reid (D-NV); (202) 224-3542) is a co-sponsor and as Majority Leader needs to call the bill so that a vote can even occur.

    Carl Levin (D-MI); (202) 224-6221 is a co-sponsor and our fierce advocate. Please call him to say THANK YOU.

    While you’re at it, call U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy (202) 225-4276 who championed our cause in the House (and lost his re-election bid because of it) for his service to our country and his unwavering commitment to repeal of DADT. We can never repay our debt to this honorable man.

    Susan Collins (R-ME); (202) 224-2523 is a co-sponsor and leading the GOP efforts

    Mark Pryor (D-Ark.); (202) 224-2353 – voted “NO” first time, but voted for cloture the 2nd time. Call him to make sure he is on board.

    –The Senate Switch Board (202) 224-3121 for anyone not listed above, including Traitor Joe Manchin—the only Dem senator to vote “NO” on the 2nd cloture who says that he would not have voted for cloture even if his was the 60th vote Democrats needed.