Richardson To Shutter Campaign
John Richardson has scheduled an 11am press conference in Brunswick today and all signs point to him using it to end his campaign for the Blaine House.
The Bangor Daily News and Mal Leary today confirmed that Richardson failed to qualify for Clean Elections funding due to fraudulent contributions. Their article gives some interesting details about the process and investigation.
Richardson's exit will bring the Democratic field down to four candidates and ensure the sufficiency of the Clean Elections fund.
Some questions will remain after today's announcement, such as whether employees of Richardson's campaign will face prosecution and who close to the Attorney General leaked information about the investigation to blogger Matt Gagnon.
The Ethics Commission meets this Thursday in Augusta.
A Change at the Top for Mitchell
A press release from the Mitchell campaign last week was signed by a new campaign manager, Jeremy Kennedy.
According to former campaign manager Marc Malon, the switch was long scheduled:
This was the plan for a while; I managed the campaign through the end of the qualifying period, then we had the opportunity to bring on someone with more experience (Jeremy Kennedy) for the final push in the primary. I'm still working for the campaign as hard as ever, focusing more intently on York County, my home (I live in Biddeford) which I believe will play a crucial role.
Kennedy has recently worked as a Regional Field Organizer for the Human Rights Campaign and for No on 1.
Independents on the Ballot
Eliot Cutler has submitted the 4,000 signatures necessary to make the November ballot, as has Shawn Moody, owner of Moody's Collision Centers. Moody has not yet filed his candidate registration forms and his signature campaign flew almost entirely under the radar.