Saturday, April 19, 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
Open Season is your guide to the 2014 campaign. Our team of political writers has its sights set on Maine’s major elections, from the Blaine House to the U.S. Capitol.
Steve Mistler is covering the 2014 governor's race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.
Steve can be reached at 791-6345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Twitter: @stevemistler
Eric Russell is covering Independent Eliot Cutler during the 2014 governor's race. He is a general assignment reporter for the Portland Press Herald.
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On Twitter: @pphericrussell
Matt Byrne is covering Republican Paul LePage during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth and Freeport for the Portland Press Herald.
Matt can be reached at 791-6303 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @mattbyrnePPH
Randy Billings is covering Democrat Mike Michaud during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Portland City Hall for the Portland Press Herald.
Randy can be reached at 791-6346 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @randybillings
Kevin Miller is covering Maine's U.S. Senate race and 1st Congressional District race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald.
Kevin can be reached at 317-6256 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @kevinmillerdc
Michael Shepherd is covering Maine's 2nd Congressional District race. He is a news and State House reporter for the Kennebec Journal.
Michael can be reached at 621-5632 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @mikeshepherdME