July 13, 2010

Cutler lists Republicans who support his campaign

But the Maine Republican Party chairman dismisses the release and Cutler's claim to be independent.

By Matt Wickenheiser mwickenheiser@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

Independent candidate Eliot Cutler on Monday released a list of Maine Republicans, from business owners to office holders, who support him in his run for governor.

Cutler, a Cape Elizabeth resident, Shawn Moody of Gorham and Kevin Scott of Andover are independent candidates on the Nov. 2 ballot. They will face Republican Paul LePage of Waterville and Democrat Libby Mitchell of Vassalboro.

Last week, Cutler announced support from two well-known Democrats, state Sen. Dennis Damon of Trenton and Rep. Leila Percy of Phippsburg.

"My campaign has the biggest tent in the race for governor this year, and I welcome the support of these prominent Republicans from around Maine," Cutler said in a news release.

Cutler said he has the support of these Republicans:

Capt. Bob Peacock, a harbor pilot and president of the Eastport City Council.

Tim Hussey, CEO of Hussey Seating Co. in North Berwick.

Andrew Hamilton, a partner in the Eaton Peabody law firm.

Tom Lizotte, chairman of the Piscataquis County Board of Commissioners.

Gordon Smith, executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association and a former member of the Republican National Committee.

Albert Glickman, a lawyer and real estate developer and former chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.

Jonathan LaBonte, Androscoggin County commissioner and executive director of the Androscoggin Land Trust.

Al and Mark Bancroft, founders and owners of South Paris-based Bancroft Contracting Corp.

Karen Brown-Mohr of Portland, a former four-term Republican legislator from Bethel.

Horace "Hoddy" Hildreth Jr., chairman of Diversified Communications, former Republican state senator and candidate for Congress, and son of the late Gov. Horace Hildreth Sr.

Edward S. "Ted" O'Meara Jr., Cutler's campaign manager, a former chairman of the Maine Republican Party, member of the Republican National Committee and candidate for Congress.

Maine Republican Party Chairman Charles Webster discounted Cutler's release and his run as an independent, calling him a "liberal Democrat."

"If I said I was a scientist, would that make me a scientist?" said Webster, who works in the home heating business. "That's how I look at it. Just because he says he's an independent doesn't make him an independent."

Webster said he assumes that the Republicans who support Cutler are doing so because they have personal connections to the candidate.


Staff Writer Matt Wickenheiser can be contacted at 791-6316 or at: mwickenheiser@pressherald.com


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