Tuesday June 05, 2012 | 11:06 AM

There's now just one week to go before the June 12 U.S. Senate primary election, and Republican candidates are doing what they can to get votes, and attention.

Former Maine Senate President Rick Bennett wrote an opinion column in today's Press Herald and took shots at both Secertary of State Charlie Summers and state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin. Bennett, who has spent eight years as a business executive, calls out Summers and Poliquin for using their state offices as platforms to run for advancing their political careers.

As it happens, Summers sent out a news release as Secetary of State this morning to remind voters that June 7 is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot in in the primary election. Summers has said he is delegating oversight of the election to his deputy because he is a candidate, although he's still handling the media part.

And, just minutes earlier, Poliquin sent one out as Treasurer titled, "Saving Money While Helping Mainers." The release links to an opinion column he wrote in the Bangor Daily News about the Maine State Housing Authority, which he has criticized both as Treausrer and as U.S. Senate candidate.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.
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