PORTLAND — Republican Senate candidate Charlie Summers says independent Angus King is being hypocritical by complaining about ads sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because he ran attack ads in 1994. King’s campaign says what’s important is that he now disavows attack ads.

Summers’ campaign manager, Lance Dutson, said today that King used negative ads when he was behind in the polls in his first gubernatorial race.

Summers’ campaign released a Web ad today calling attention to what Dutson described as a pattern of King “saying one thing and doing another.”

Kay Rand, King’s campaign manager, said King was advised to run the negative ads in 1994 but that he now denounces such tactics. She says the campaign is focused on the present, not something that happened 18 years ago.

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