Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cynthia Dill is getting some help from former Gov. John Baldacci.
Baldacci, who flirted his own run for the open Senate seat, sent out a fundraising appeal for Dill this morning. Politico's Alexander Burns blogged about it earlier today and we got a copy of the appeal soon after.
As Burns points out, Baldacci is one of the first big-name Democrats to come out so visibly to help Dill, who has been running a distant third in recent polls.
Dill has criticized national Democratic officials for snubbing her campaign and for tacitly supporting the independent candidate, former Gov. Angus King. Some Maine Democrats, including sitting lawmakers, have publicly endorsed King over Dill.
Maine party leaders, however, have maintained that Dill has the support of the party establishment. The boost from Baldacci appears to back that up.
It may be no coincidence that Baldacci followed King into office as governor just as the state's economy was stalling and the state budget was getting ugly.
In his fundraising letter, Baldacci writes that Pres. Obama and the Democrats in the U.S. Senate need help.
"Can you contribute $12 to help Cynthia and to make sure Democrats maintain the majority in the U.S. Senate?
"I've known Cynthia for many years and to she's proven to be a strong advocate for her community, for progressive values and for expanding access to opportunity throughout Maine....
"P.S. This race isn't over. Not by a long shot."Tweet
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