Democrats Invest in Maine, Independent King Backing Obama

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Maine independent Senate candidate Angus King speaks at a news conference in Brunswick, Maine.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has decided to spend $410,000 on a television ad campaign against Republican candidate Charlie Summers in Maine.

The ads are scheduled to run Oct. 2-12. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has already funded ads in that campaign to undermine front-runner Angus King, a former Maine governor who is running as an independent. King is in a three-way race with Summers and Cynthia Dill, the Democratic candidate, who is trailing both the independent and the Republican. The Republicans have tried a tactic in which they praise Dill in order to boost her standing and erode King’s lead.

“When Republican extremism forced Olympia Snowe to retire from the Senate, it presented a significant challenge to Mitch McConnell and the Republicans, ” DSCC executive director Guy Cecil said in a statement. “Charlie Summers is an anti-choice Tea Partier, who supports eliminating the Department of Education, privatizing Social Security, protecting tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and ending Medicare as we know it. Charlie Summers should not be in the United States Senate and it is time every Mainer knows it.”

The Democrats find themselves in an awkward position.

Party leaders have not endorsed and funded Dill’s campaign, while at the same time hoping that King would caucus with the Democrats once elected to the Senate. King has refused to state which party he would choose to caucus with. King has endorsed the reelection of President Barack Obama and has been in Washington at fundraisers organized by Democratic lobbyists on his behalf.

 

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