The Tipping Point Blog Archive 2010
The Maine Democratic Party was quick to pick up on my piece earlier this week on Eliot Cutler's political vulnerabilities. They sent out a release attacking the candidate for hedging on his work as a lobbyist.
Eliot Cutler seems to be running a very strategic campaign.
Last week, the campaign released a statement saying that the Mitchell campaign or a group supporting her candidacy was doing message testing on Cutler’s ties to a bankrupt financial company, Thornburg Mortgage.
Cutler’s campaign manager, Ted O’Meara, is quick to point out that he never characterized it as push polling, despite reports to the contrary.
We may be more toward the end than the beginning of summer in Maine, but there are still plenty of sunny days left. In case you’ve already exhausted your summer reading list, here are some potential, political additions:
O. Murray Carr is a novel by Neil Rolde about Jonathan Jackson, a former state legislator and historian, and his attempt to understand the murder of his former boss, the governor of a small New England state, never named but obviously Maine.
Something is going on over at Maine Patriots, one of the leading Web sites for members of the Maine Tea Party.
In a message to all members last night, site owner Amy Hale told a strange tale of intimidation:
I was cornered in the parking lot by 10+ people and told that bad things would happen to me if I did not give them the password and hand over Maine Patriots. Therefore, I no longer have control of Maine Patriots.
Maine GOP gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage's one-day train tour through Midcoast Maine was meant to raise some money and bring some media attention to his campaign. Thanks to an amazing string of gaffes, accusations, and attacks from the candidate, it certainly succeeded in doing the latter and may end up as a defining moment of the 2010 campaign.
Fundraising has switched from being one of the most useful measures of the primary campaign to one of the least useful in the general. Democrat Libby Mitchell is running as a clean elections candidate and will be guaranteed up to $1.2 million for the general. Independent millionaires Shawn Moody and Eliot Cutler are largely self-funding and only limited by the extent of their own fortunes. The only really interesting numbers are those from the campaign of Republican Paul LePage, who must still gather individual contributions.
Today, Maine senators Snowe and Collins will once again play a decisive role in determining the outcome of a significant piece of federal legislation, in this case the bill to better regulate financial institutions.
Political consultant Dennis Bailey, recently the strategic force behind Rosa Scarcelli’s primary campaign, is now working for independent gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody. Fellow independent Eliot Cutler doesn't seem to like this.
Here's the text of an email he wrote to Bailey's recent employer, Democratic candidate Rosa Scarcelli:
In January, I discussed the rise of not-for-profit political journalism in Maine. Add another outlet to that list.
No other political contest in Maine can match the inherent power of the governorship. If you’re looking for the best way to set the agenda, shape the political landscape, and make your vision into law, you don’t want to be a U.S. Senator or to have your party win majorities in the legislature — you want the Blaine House.