President Clinton Endorses Mitchell for Governor

Former President Bill Clinton today endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell. In an email to her supporters, he notes her tenure as chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, a position she was appointed to by his administration.

Full release and email after the jump.

Pres. Clinton Calls for Maine Voters to Support Sen. Libby Mitchell for Governor

Former president hails Libby’s experience, asks Maine people to contribute to campaign

AUGUSTA – Former President William J. Clinton today encouraged Maine voters to support Senate President Libby Mitchell’s campaign for Governor. Clinton sent an e-mail to thousands of Mainers asking them to contribute to her campaign.

“I am proud to ask you to join me in helping to elect my friend, Libby Mitchell, Governor of Maine,” said Clinton. “My trust in Libby has never been misplaced. She has served with distinction throughout her career, being the first woman chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, and the first in the country to preside over both a houses of the state legislature.”

Libby is running as a Clean Elections candidate in this race. To qualify for Clean Elections, she must raise $40,000 in seed money from individuals. She also needs Maine residents to give 3,250 $5 contributions to the Clean Elections Fund on her behalf.

He added “Running clean is a challenge. Breaking through as a woman candidate is really hard. I’ve seen it first-hand. Libby has the experience and the know-how to do it.”

Clinton hailed her service as the first woman chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston – a position he appointed her to during his administration.

A resident of Vassalboro, Libby has served nine terms in the House and three in the Senate. She also directed the Maine State Housing Authority. During her time in the legislature she has been a tireless advocate for education; successfully championing legislation to improve Maine’s K-12 and higher education systems and sponsoring first in the nation legislation that used state funding to expand the Head Start program.

See full letter from President Clinton below.

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I am proud to ask you to join me in helping to elect my friend, Libby Mitchell, Governor of Maine. My trust in Libby has never been misplaced. When she served as co-chair of Senator George Mitchell’s national task force on housing tax credits, she served with distinction. She was right then, and the entire country benefited. She is right now for the State of Maine.

As President, I appointed her as the first woman chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, where she served with distinction for most of my administration and some of the next.

She has served Maine with distinction as director of the state’s award winning housing finance agency and as the only woman in the country to preside over both the State House and the State Senate. Throughout her legislative career, she has championed education, the environment, and job growth for Maine.

Libby is running as a Clean Elections candidate in this race. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v. SEC will flood our politics with corporate money, making it all the more important to have Governors like Libby who get elected without it.

To qualify for Clean Elections, Libby needs our help. She needs to raise 3250 $5 contributions to the Clean Elections Fund on her behalf from Maine voters. She also must raise seed money from individuals – no PACS, no corporations, no big donors. No one can give more than $100 to the seed money requirement. The deadline is March 31. Without our help, she cannot be the candidate with the toughness and vision to lead Maine into the next four years of opportunity.

Click here to make a $5 Clean Elections contribution.

Click here to make a seed money contribution of $100 or less.

Please go to her webpage to contribute and to learn more about her campaign: www.libbymitchellforgovernor.com. If you have already contributed, please forward this message to your friends. You can call 944-6925 or email info@libbymitchellforgovernor.com to talk with her or the campaign.

Running clean is a challenge. Breaking through as a woman candidate is very hard. I know. Please help.

Sincerely,
Bill Clinton

P.S. Your $5 contribution helps Libby fund her campaign and spread her message to more voters. Click here to give today.