Skip to comments.Maine 2nd District GOP Candidates Spar Over Support for Collins (ME)
Posted on 04/22/2014 11:46:25 AM PDT by cotton1706
In the past, Republican primary opponents for Maine's 2nd Congressional District haven't been shy about expressing their criticisms of each other or the political system. But they usually draw a line at recommending that disgruntled voters should elect Democrats instead.
Yet, when an audience member at a Thursday evening candidate's debate in Machias rose to criticize Sen. Susan Collins' performance in office, congressional hopeful Bruce Poliquin agreed, saying he shared the speaker's frustration.
"We have career politicians who are afraid to solve tough problems," Poliquin said. "I'm a businessperson trying to solve problems. I agree with you - we ought to fire them all."
Poliquin went on to say that the audience member will have the chance to fire career politicans when he steps into the voting booth.
Kevin Raye, Poliquin's 2nd District GOP primary opponent, said he can't believe Poliquin would advocate that Collins be fired only days before the Republican State Convention in Bangor.
"I was thoroughly shocked that my opponent would make such an unjustified and divisive statement," Raye said.
Raye says Collins is a huge boost for all Maine Republican as the party's top-of-the-ticket candidate, and that Poliquin owes the Maine's senior senator an apology.
At the Poliquin campaign, Matt Hutson says he was at the Thursday evening event and that Raye was mischaracterizing Poliquin's remarks and taking them out of context.
"I think it's a sign of how desperate he is, for the same reason that he's pushing his polling that says he's the only candidate that can win in November," Hutson said. "Because the reality is when you look at it, he did the same thing back in 2012 when he ran for Congress the second time and lost then then, too."
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But when John Warner endorses Mark Warner instead of Ed Gillespie, and Richard Lugar endorses Michelle Nunn, that is, ACTUALLY TRYING TO GET THE DEMOCRAT ELECTED, not a peep is heard from the republican establishment or the moderate lovers/apologists!
I hope Poliquin wins!!
On one hand, Poliquin is absolutely right in the way he pegs this weak sister moderate squish.
On the other hand, the majority of Maine voters are so terminally stupid that they will always vote against any real conservative in a two-way race. New Englanders like to think they are independent, but they aren't.
With the exception of a three way race which elected a decent governor, the only way the GOP can win in Maine is with a weak sister type in the GOPe mold.
Sad, but that's the fact, Jack!
I’m just tired of this phony argument that if you criticize the voting record of YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, or in any way suggest replacing him or her with ANOTHER REPUBLICAN, then you are trying to get the democrat elected.
It is an intentional argument to shield moderate, democrat-voting republicans.
But by the general election, if you have a choice between a GOPe squish, who will vote with conservatives maybe 40% to 60% of the time and an ObaMao RAT, who might throw us a bone maybe 5% of the time, if that, then the choice should be clear.
There is NO moral equivalence between an overt Marxist and a moderate squish. Not even close.
“There is NO moral equivalence between an overt Marxist and a moderate squish. Not even close.”
Moral equivalence is not the issue. It’s the voting equivalence that’s the issue. And there would be NO difference between Susan Collins and a democrat, except that it would artificially increase the republican caucus numbers, until, like Jim Jeffords, she becomes an independent because “the republican party moved away from me.”
I’d rather not have these people in our midst and attending our meetings, so they can tell their buddies the democrats what the republican strategies are, like Arlen Specter used to do.
No NEW RINOs. And purge existing RINOs if it’s possible to replace them with a conservative. And BE RELENTLESS in this!