As the polls continue to show a tightening race, I wanted to make sure you saw the breaking news from Politico that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is now preparing to invest a significant amount of money in Maine and they are trying to bury this big news late on a Friday. As Politico reports:
- The committee has purchased $410,000 in Maine airtime between Oct. 2 and Oct. 12, a significant investment in a relatively inexpensive state.
If you are reporting on the DSCC’s impending ad campaign in Maine, please consider the following statement from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC):
“It’s remarkable to see national Democrats now spending money in a state where they refuse to even endorse their own nominee. Now that they are spending almost a half-million dollars in Maine, the DSCC should make clear who they are supporting – the Democratic nominee or the candidate that the State Democratic Party Chairman said today cannot be trusted.”
- Rob Jesmer, Executive Director
National Republican Senatorial Committee
As a reminder, this is the same state that Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer had this to say about in May:
- “There’s only one state where the strong likelihood is there’s a pick-up,” Schumer said. “That’s Maine and that’s ours.”
But Schumer’s comments – which both he and the DSCC refused to expand on – raised eyebrows because of the remarkable situation in which the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has refused to even acknowledge the existence of their duly-elected female nominee, State Senator Cynthia Dill.
Despite continuously touting the 2012 election cycle as the “Year Of The Woman” in press releases, press conferences, and barn-storming fundraising tours across the country, the Chair of the DSCC Senator Patty Murray has remarkably refused to even acknowledge her own female Democratic nominee in Maine, State Senator Cynthia Dill.
This was confirmed by State Senator Dill who said in an interview earlier this year – at the same time Murray was touting her “Year Of The Woman” narrative – that she couldn’t even get a phone called returned by Senator Murray. And even in an interview with MSNBC the morning after the Maine primary in June, Murray couldn’t bring herself to utter State Senator Dill’s name, let alone say whether the DSCC would back their duly elected nominee.
This remarkable hypocrisy even led Dill to pen a public letter to Senator Murray asking why “Beltway Democrats” have been refusing to back her “grassroots campaign for working-class Mainers.”
- “The silence from Washington is deafening, has taken voters’ focus from the issues that families care about, and does nothing to address the concerns of the people of Maine,” Dill said. “This is Washington politics and drama once again getting in the way of progress for ordinary Americans, as Beltway insiders broker deals, hedge bets and pick winners and losers. It’s the same old song and dance, and Maine voters are tired of it.”
Dill also made news this week when she called on both Republican Charlie Summers and “Independent” Angus King to publicly release ten years of tax returns – something which Summers readily agreed to but which Angus King has not, apparently because he’s been busy raising money out-of-state.
The DSCC’s newfound interest in this race also comes the same day that the Chairman of the Maine Democratic Party Ben Grant publicly broke with national Democrats and slammed King in an op-ed in the state’s biggest newspaper, the Portland Press-Herald. Chairman Grant wrote in part:
- Voters are mostly concerned with the jobs picture and health care costs. These are the facts. But Angus King is not running a campaign about those issues. That, more than anything else, is why he has fallen in the polls….Cynthia Dill shares those values, and she is our candidate. If Angus King wants more Democratic support, it’s not we who need to change.
As Politico reports this afternoon – “The Maine Democratic chairman questions whether King can be trusted” -
- [A]t minimum it is a different message than the no-explicit-endorsement one coming from national Democrats about their own candidate, in a race where Republicans and outside groups are making a major play on behalf of Republican Charlie Summers.