Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Republican U.S. Senate primary is heating up with just over a week until the vote, and State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin is at the center of the first controversy.
Poliquin is facing criticism from his opponents for a campaign mailer with his photo overlaying a photo of Gov. Paul Lepage. It says: "Two Conservatives Fighting for Maine's Future." Here is a look:
Poliquin has been running on the LePage Administration's record, touting his supporting role as part of the team that brought fiscal and regulatory reforms. Candidates have quietly criticized Poliquin for taking credit for others' accomplishments, but the mailer brought the issue out into the open late Wednesday.
It also led LePage to issue a statement saying he is not endorsing any candidate in the Senate primary.
Here is a statement from one of Poliquin's rivals, Attorney General Bill Schneider:
"Throughout this campaign, Bruce Poliquin has attempted to ride the Governor's coattails and claim as his own the successes of the Republican administration and Legislature. In fact, all Republicans have contributed in large measure to our successes.
"Poliquin's recent mailing is remarkable in its bold attempt to imply an endorsement by the Governor. I encourage Treasurer Poliquin to focus on his own record and to be straight with Republican voters."
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