Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Republican Charlie Summers in Maine’s U.S. Senate race, the campaign announced this morning.
Summers, a former regional administrator of the Small Business Administration, supports free enterprise over government intervention, Rob Engstrom, the U.S. Chamber’s senior vice president and national political director, said in a written statement.
“After working in his family’s small business growing up, Summers understands the challenges job creators face,” he said. “Summers’ record in Maine shows that he will advocate for pro-growth policies to produce sustained economic growth, create more jobs, and get our country back on track. We’re proud to support him in his campaign to be Maine’s next U.S. Senator,” Engstrom said.
The national chamber is a major force in congressional races around the country. That probably has more to do with its political fundraising clout than its endorsements, although its says that 236 of the 276 Chamber-endorsed candidates in 2010 were elected.
The chamber was the largest spender nationwide on independent TV advertising on behalf of national candidates in 2010, according to Colby College Professor Anthony Corrado. It's super PAC is likely one of the big-money committees watching the Maine Senate race for signs that Summers has a shot to win, something that could trigger spending on anti-Angus King television ads in Maine, according to Corrado and other experts. So far, no super PACs have been active in the Maine race.
Polls show Summers is running a distant second to independent Angus King. Also in the race are Democrat Cynthia Dill, and independents Danny Dalton, Andrew Ian Dodge and Steve Woods.Tweet
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