A snapshot of McGowan's campaign, from staffer Ben Goodman:
Pat McGowan's first TV ad hits the airwaves today. It's a minute-long mix of biography and issues.
McGowan is the first Democrat to begin advertising on TV and (I believe) the first candidate in either party to air an ad longer than thirty seconds.
Quote of the day:
"I like Olympia Snowe, I think she fights hard for the people of Maine[...] Olympia Snowe -- I voted for her in the last election and I will vote for her until the day she dies, because she fights for Maine."
- Pat McGowan on MPBN
In other, non-Richardson campaign news, Pat Mcgowan today announced his official campaign song, "Back in Maine" by Maine singer/songwriter Mark Miller:
A bit slower than most campaign anthems.
As millions of Americans gather today to celebrate their Irish heritage, I wanted to let you know that I’m supporting my friend Patrick McGowan in his campaign for Governor of Maine[...]
Concerned about the corrosive influence of special interests money in politics, Pat is running as a Clean Elections candidate. Your commitment of just $5 will help Pat qualify for Maine’s Clean Election Fund.
Please accept my best wishes on St. Patrick’s Day – and please join me in supporting a great Irish-American, Patrick McGowan, for Governor of Maine.
Joseph P. Kennedy II
How not to fundraise on St. Patrick's day:
Top of the Morning To You![...]
On this day of wearing the green... how about sending some greenbacks to help fund this important campaign for Maine's future?
I'm not asking for the whole Pot O' Gold - but would appreciate at least $17 on March 17. Or maybe you can do the work of ten or even twenty Leprechauns by donating $170 or $340.[...]
Dan Billings takes a look at what might have happened if Pat McGowan had won his close race against Olymia Snowe in 1990.
Pat McGowan got plenty of airtime for his announcements today. The media seems to now be paying some real attention to the governor's race.
With the launch of Pat McGowan's campaign today, the Democratic gubernatorial field now seems complete. The other major candidates are Libby Mitchell, John Richardson, Steve Rowe and Rosa Scarcelli.
Here's the now-requisite introductory youtube video:
McGowan seems to be having a good press day. In addition to a smattering of stories this morning on his announcement (including a front-pager from the Morning Sentinel, where McGowan's mother was once editor) there was also an AP piece by Glenn Adams in the Bangor Daily News titled "Outdoors enthusiasts delight in state’s conservation efforts" which quotes the new candidate and meshes perfectly with Mcgowan's campaign persona as an outdoorsman and experienced executive.
Pat McGowan resigned from his job as Maine's Conservation Commissioner today to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. McGowan, shown here not crashing his plane, is a former state representative and ran for Congress in the second district in 1990 and 1992, offering a tough challenge to then-Representative Olympia Snowe.
With many of the other Gubernatorial candidates hailing from southern Maine, McGowan's support in the second District may be a significant advantage. He plans to make his first campaign announcement tomorrow at 7am in Fort Kent.
State Rep. Dawn Hill, who was considered to be in the bottom tier of Democratic gubernatorial candidates and who hadn't seemed to be doing much campaigning, dropped out of the race on Thursday, citing an increasingly competitive Democratic field.
Hill plans to seek the Distict 1 State Senate seat, which is apparently being vacated by two-term incumbent Democrat Peter Bowman. District 1 was supposed to be a very competitive race last year, with Bowman facing off against former Republican Senator Mary Black Andrews, but Bowman ended up winning by a wide margin.