February 25, 2013

State House Notebook: House majority leader doesn't like his rival's tone

From staff reports

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Lance Dutson, the former insurgent-style blogger who became one of the state's top Republican operatives, has launched a new political consulting firm in Portland.

Dutson, along with Mike Leavitt, the former chief of staff for the Republican National Committee, now head up Red Hill Strategies and Cyber Policy, a partner organization focusing on the digital delivery of policy briefs from advocacy groups to state lawmakers.   

Dutson most recently worked as the campaign manager for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers, who finished second to King. Before that he was chief executive officer for the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative advocacy group. He also served as communications director for former House Speaker Rep. Robert Nutting, R-Oakland, and was a spokesman for the Maine Republican Party.  

Leavitt began his political career with former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. He later became the deputy national political director for the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Leavitt is a graduate of the University of Maine. He earned his MBA at Husson College in Bangor.


There's lots of speculation about which Democrat will run for governor in 2014. Michaud is often discussed and a recent poll indicated that he's the Democrats' best chance to beat LePage.

Michaud has indicated only that he's thinking about running.

If Michaud runs for governor, state Sen. Emily Cain, D-Orono, said Wednesday that she'd consider entering the race for 2nd Congressional District. If that happens, it would be the second time that Cain runs for the seat.

Cain ran for the job for about 72 hours in 2012 during the mad scramble that followed Snowe's decision not to seek re-election.

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