Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Boston Globe editorial board has weighed in on the television ads that are criticizing Angus King, the independent candidate for the U.S. Senate.
Specifically, the editorial calls "sketchy" ads by the National Republican Senatorial Committee that are attacking King's involvement with the Record Will wind project in Roxbury. The editorial notes that the ads lean heavily on a report by the House Oversight Committee, which is chaired by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., "a regular recipient of oil and gas industry contributions."
In March, the committee issued a blunderbuss report designed to portray federal loans or loan guarantees for green energy projects as so many Solyndras waiting to happen. That report mentions Record Hill Wind, a Maine project that King’s company, Independence Wind, had a small stake in. But the report doesn’t allege any wrongdoing by King. It simply questions whether Record Hill’s technology was really innovative enough to qualify for a $102 million federal loan guarantee.
The editorial concludes that the ad has "thrown truth to the wind."
The King campaign agrees. However, as Michael Shepherd reported Tuesday, the camp's request to have the ads pulled has thus far been ignored by local television stations.
Meanwhile, the King campaign is promoting its rebuttal to the Republican ad. Here it is:Tweet
Steve Mistler covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.