Monday, March 10, 2014
The Maine Republican Party sent out an email blast today encouraging their base to visit websites and watch videos of the six people who are running for the U.S. Senate because they didn't get a chance to hear from them at the convention.
"During the course of the Maine Republican Party Convention our U.S. Senate Candidates did not have an opportunity to deliver their messages to the Delegates," wrote executive director Rick Tetrev. "In light of that, we have compiled the information from our candidates and ask you to take a moment of your valuable time to read their speeches and listen to their video messages."
The candidates -- Rick Bennett, Debra Plowman, Bruce Poliquin, Bill Schneider, Charlie Summers and Scott D'Amboise -- spent weeks getting geared up for the convention, with flashy biographical videos and speeches meant to help them win on June 12.
But after Ron Paul supporters took over the convention, delays forced the agenda to be changed several times and eventually meant there was no time for the Senate candidates to give their speeches. Most of them delivered some of their remarks to supporters at the convention in side rooms or by their booths, although none of them got to use the big stage to address the entire crowd.
D'Amboise even threatened to send a bill to the party for the money he spent to get ready for the convention -- estimated at $5,000 -- and others expressed frustration that they could not go on as planned. A day earlier, candidates for the US House had their speech times cut in half.Tweet
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