A group of progressives is already trying to draft a replacement for retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, in an email to members on Tuesday, attempted to line up backers for Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine):
Chellie Pingree took on corporate money in politics as the head of Common Cause and then helped lead the fight for public funding of campaigns in Congress. She also worked hand-in-hand with us in the fight for a public health insurance option.
Last year, we helped draft Elizabeth Warren for Senate by showing her how much support she'd have. Chellie Pingree's bold progressive voice in the Senate would be a huge shift -- and she'd be a great ally of Elizabeth Warren!
Snowe announced she would step down at the end of her third term Tuesday, citing the hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington as a reason.