Politics

October 31, 2012

Charlie Summers, Republican: Busy day of chats, handshakes, family time

Summers, a campaign veteran, touches base with voters in Saco, Windham and Freeport.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Charlie Summers takes a break with his son Thomas at the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival at L.L. Bean in Freeport. They also did some pumpkin bowling and imaginary fishing.

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Charlie Summers checks the menu at Hoggy’s after Mark Hoglund, owner of the deli/sandwich shop, told him about one of the deli’s specialty sandwiches on Saturday. Summers was campaigning in Windham and had stopped in at a few businesses along Route 302.

Photos by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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"If you don't think about it and just do it, it's a lot more manageable," he said.

Ruth Summers, who campaigned for her husband in 2008 when he was deployed overseas, said running for office has become "a family business."

"We're lucky in that Charlie has a great team. They're very respectful of my time and Thomas' time," she said.

After leaving the football game and grabbing a quick lunch at a Subway with Rep. Rich Cebra, R-Naples, Summers stopped at several small businesses in Windham and Raymond to talk to owners and customers.

By midafternoon, he had added a stop to his schedule: the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival at L.L. Bean in Freeport.

The festival gave him a chance to talk with a few more voters but, just as importantly, it was a fun stop for Thomas and his dad.

With Thomas on his shoulders, Summers made his way down paths lined with pumpkins, stopping occasionally to talk to people. He showed Thomas how to bowl with a pumpkin before they went on an imaginary fishing trip from atop a large rock outside the store.

Along the way, Thomas picked up souvenirs and handed them to his dad, leaving Summers walking around with his hands full of rocks and sticks.

On the days when campaign stops seem endless, such moments with his family keep him going.

There's nothing better than arriving home after a long day to find Thomas ready to just hang out with dad, Summers said. "It melts a lot of the day away."

Staff Writer Gillian Graham can be contacted at 791-6315 or at: ggraham@mainetoday.com

Twitter: grahamgillian

Note: This story was updated at 8:33 a.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2012 to correct Jon Coutney's office.

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