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Charlie Summers

Webster, Summers to Lead Maine GOP

Maine GOP State Committee member Steven Scharf reports on the As Maine Goes forum that Charlie Webster and Charlie Summers have been elected as Chair and Vice Chair of the Maine Republican Party.

Webster is a former state senate minority leader and Summers ran for Congress in Maine's first district in 2004 and 2008.

Election Results

The results are in:

President: Obama 62%, McCain 34%
US Senate: Collins 58%, Allen 41%
CD1: Summers 51%, Pingree 49%
CD2: Michaud 63%, Frary 37%
Question 1: Yes 53%, No 47%
Question 2: Yes 45%, No 55%
Question 3: Yes 58%, No 42%

No, Diebold hasn't malfunctioned and released the results early, those are the totals from the 2008 Maine Student Mock Election. I hope the Summers fans didn't get too excited.

Summers Goes Negative

It appears that Charlie Summers' closing argument in the CD1 race will be an attack on Pingree's tax policies.

Should make today's debate a bit more interesting. Tune in here at noon to watch live.

Summers TV Ad

Charlie Summers has his first TV ad of the general election up on his website today. It's a bio spot, but also criticizes the bailout bill.

"Politicians give Wall Street nearly a trillion dollars, while we work hard and play by the rules just to make ends meet," says Summers in the ad.

Both Summers and Pingree have opposed the bailout, even after it was revised and passed in both the House and Senate on bipartisan votes.

The ad was produced by Stevens Reed Curcio and Potholm, the same firm that created the notorious swift boat attack ads in 2004.

Duncan Hunter in Maine for Summers

California Congressman Duncan Hunter will be campaigning for first district GOP candidate Charlie Summers tomorrow.

Hunter seems a strange choice for a candidate attempting to appeal to Maine's first district. He's definitely on what can be charitably be described as the rightward edge of his party, and recently ran for the Republican presidential nomination on a militantly anti-immigration platform. He came in last place in almost every contest.

He got some headlines during the campaign for his comments about using tactical nuclear weapons against Iran.

Press Herald CD1 Endorsement Interview Video

The Press Herald has also posted three clips from an interview with the first district congressional candidates. Here they discuss health care:

Click read more to see the other clips. Read more »

CD1 Sustainability Debate

CD1 candidates Chellie Pingree and Charlie Summers squared off in a debate on "Sustainability in Maine" over the weekend. The Press Herald has some highlights. I haven't found full video of the debate, but here's a clip:

Hopefully the candidates were more well-spoken throughout the rest of the debate. In this clip Pingree makes up a word ("crisises") and Summers takes us on a Palinesque ramble.

A Low-Profile Race

WGME goes in search of Maine's forgotten first district congressional candidates:

For A Good Time, Call Charlie Summers

This one doesn't need any comment.

Summers Addresses GOP Convention