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John Frary

Question 1: Frary vs. Bellows

Apparently, eccentric unsuccessful Republican congressional candidate John Frary is the best spokesperson the Yes on 1 campaign could find to put up against Shenna Bellows in a debate at UMF.

The results are predictably hilarious:

Frary on TV

Cantankerous CD2 candidate John Frary has an ad running on Bangor-area cable. It's similar to this spot from his website, but cut slightly differently:

CD2 Debate Highlights

I'll let all the others talk about (hey, Kaplan's back!) the recent US Senate debates. I'd like to focus on the much more entertaining second district congressional debate between Congressman Mike Michaud and cantankerous Spanish-American War veteran John Frary.

The debate itself was thoroughly enjoyable to watch (assuming you didn't try to watch it on TV), mostly because both candidates seemed to be having a lot of fun.

Here are some highlights of Frary's enthusiastic rantings:

On a more serious note, the part of the debate I found most interesting was Mike Michaud's dance on abortion. Debate moderator Jennifer Rooks also took note and discussed it on MaineWatch the next day. Here's the clip:

Update: Frary's former employer, the Kennebec Journal, has no love for the professor, but he has gained some support from north of the border. Some writers for the Calgary-based libertarian publication Western Standard are big fans.

Another Poll Confirms Large Leads for Collins, Obama

Another poll, this one by Critical Insights, shows big leads for Barack Obama and Susan Collins. Obama leads by 20 points in the contested second district and Collins is ahead in her race by 12 points statewide.

The poll also shows Congressman Mike Michaud beating Republican challenger John Frary 64-23. If this result holds, Frary may garner a smaller percentage of the vote than Laurence D'Amboise, who lost to Michaud 70-30 two years ago.

The poll also has Chellie Pingree beating Charlie Summers in CD1 by 21 points and the beverage tax repeal passing 48-39. The survey has a sample size of 443 likely voters and a margin of error of ±4.7%, 95 times out of 100.

The AP has some interesting reaction from the Allen campaign:

Carol Andrews, spokeswoman for Allen's campaign, said recent independent polls show "wildly erratic results typical of a pre-election environment." Another independent poll released this week gave Collins a lead of nearly 21 percentage points.

"We are unconcerned and undeterred as we know that we are making the case with Maine voters that if they seek change they have to vote for it, and they won't get it by voting with Susan Collins," Andrews said.

Rather than being erratic, I'd say the polling in this race has been remarkably consistent. Every poll taken since the campaign began has given Collins a large lead.

(hat tip: TMR)

Comically Bad Timing

VP of the Bates College Republicans, Matt Cocciardi, quoted in an article on John Frary in today's campus paper:

"[Frary] tells it like it is and speaks his mind, which is rare in American politics today. Unlike Mike Michaud who just votes like Nancy Pelosi tells him and does not take into consideration the people of Maine."

Frary Gains New Supporters

Second District Republican congressional candidate John Frary declared his support for legalizing marijuana during a rambling call-in show on Maine Public Radio yesterday.

Today, pro-pot activists have taken note. His race has made the front page of the websites of both 420 magazine and NORML. One commenter on the magazine's website declares "We need more people like this!"

Normally I'd have something to say about a development like this, but at this point the Frary campaign is its own self-parody.

John Frary: Not Funny

The Bangor Daily News takes a look at the campaign of 2nd district Republican candidate John Frary and finds it "a confused message at best, and a vain attempt at comedy at worst."

Prof. Frary’s candidacy is not asking whether Rep. Michaud represents the 2nd District well. Instead, that candidacy stands as an indictment of the state Republican party.

McCain in Maine

Senator McCain arrived in Maine last night on what is mostly a fundraising trip. He'll be visiting the Bush compound in Kennebunkport later today.

Congressman Michaud, who isn't burdened with much of a re-election fight (his opponent seems content to spend his own money playing dress-up), welcomed the senator with an op-ed in the Portland Press Herald.

As Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain dines at the Bush compound in Kennebunkport today, I'd like to send this message from the hardworking people of Maine: The last thing Maine needs is a third Bush term.

The Obama campaign welcomed McCain in their own way, by ignoring him and announcing the opening of new offices in Auburn and Bangor.

One last note on John Frary, the Republican candidate in the second district with a penchant for old-timey clothing: as old and cantankerous as he may appear, he's actually four years younger than McCain.