PORTLAND — Two Democrats hoping to unseat Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, are critical of her for failing to support President Barack Obama’s choice to lead a financial watchdog office.

Matt Dunlap said Snowe is helping to kill an agency she helped create. Jon Hinck accused Snowe of siding with the interests of Wall Street bankers and “not hard working hard for Mainers.”

Senate Republicans stopped former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray from becoming director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A vote to overcome a GOP filibuster failed Thursday.

Snowe voted “present” rather than yes or no because her husband, former Gov. John McKernan is chairman of Pittsburgh-based Education Management, a for-profit company that has more than 100 schools in 32 states, something the agency will help to oversee.

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