Charlie Summers picks up U.S. Chamber backing

Republican Charlie Summers has picked up the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in his bid to replace Olympia Snowe in the Senate.

In a news release sent today, the Chamber says it chose Summers because of “his consistent support of free enterprise.” Summers is facing independent former Gov. Angus King, Democrat Cynthia Dill and independents Steve Woods, Andrew Ian Dodge and Danny Dalton in the contest.

“Charlie Summers understands firsthand that free enterprise, not more government, will lead the American recovery,” Rob Engstrom, the U.S. Chamber’s senior vice president and national political director, said in the news release. “After working in his family’s small business growing up, Summers understands the challenges job creators face.”

In its news release, the Chamber touted a success record during the 2010 elections, when 236 of 276 Chamber-endorsed candidates were elected.