Letter to the Editor: Summers, not King
Recently I was interviewed regarding the upcoming race for the United States Senate election, as Mainers consider this November a replacement for Senator Olympia Snowe.
In the interview I was questioned as to how Secretary of State Charlie Summers could possibly hope to defeat former Governor Angus King. Most Mainers know that Angus King served as our Governor and has high name recognition.
But, on the issues Angus King and Charlie Summers have very little in common.
Angus King's record of reckless spending during his eight years as our governor is often forgotten.
The fact that he entered office with a $350 million surplus and left us with a $1 billion deficit doesn't necessarily bode well for his election to the U.S. Senate.
His near doubling of welfare spending during his tenure surely won't bring working class blue collar workers flocking to his campaign.
King is a likable guy but once his record as governor is reviewed it will be extremely unlikely that he can win election during this time in history.
This is not a time when Americans are looking for candidates who will support big government, and candidates who support increasing our social welfare state.
Mr. King along with his political ally Mr. Obama have such an agenda, and we want no part of it.
I am absolutely convinced that Maine voters will never support his candidacy, once aware of King's record as Governor and his very liberal views.
In my opinion, Mainers are looking for leaders who will agree with their priorities and oppose runaway spending.
With Obama's massive spending policies can we afford to send Angus King to Washington to support his agenda? Hopefully Obama won't be there but, regardless, we can't afford to send someone who supports Obama's opinions.
Angus King donated thousands to Obama's re-election campaign. Obviously their views are similar.
A vote for King is a vote for Obama and his agenda.
Charlie Summers, on the other hand, has an impressive record as a State Senator.
His support of small business and his willingness to make tough choices rather than raising taxes on working people, is exactly the kind of leadership that we expect from our elected officials. Charlie Summers will offer Maine voters a real choice in November.
Obama, King or Dill, they each represent the same welfare state, big government, tax the working class, anti-small business viewpoints.
Charlie Summers offers us a real alternative.
My answer to the question, absolutely Charlie Summers can win, he represents the best chance for Mainers to have a voice in Washington who will represent our views.
Maine Republican Party Chairman