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  • Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell endorses Emily Cain, praises Hillary

    “Emily Cain is on the side of Maine’s working families," said Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, seated directly next to Cain, on the left.

    By Ramona du Houx

    In Lewiston, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell endorsed Emily Cain in her campaign for Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

    “Emily Cain is on the side of Maine’s working families. Emily has an incredible record of success breaking through partisan gridlock and special interests to reduce the burdens on Mainers and stop our jobs from going overseas. Her bipartisan work with Governor LePage to pass balanced budgets with tax cuts for families and businesses was exemplary, and in Congress she will be an effective and tireless advocate for working Mainers,” said Senator Mitchell.

    Together, they visited with voters at Simones' Hot Dog Stand, held a rally and toured the L/A Museum.

    The museum is dedicated to preserving the economic and social history of the L/A area, and both Emily and Senator Mitchell spoke about growing jobs at home instead of letting jobs migrate overseas and how we must retake control of our economic future.

    He commented about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's presidental run.

    “She’ll be able to hit the ground running and deal with the many serious issues that we face in our country,” said Mitchell. “Trump wants to take the country backwards and going backwards doesn’t deal with our problems. I believe that, come Election Day, a majority of Americans will understand that, act on that and elect Hillary Clinton as president.”

    Senator George Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career. He served for several years as Chairman of DLA Piper, now Chairman Emeritus. Before that he served as a federal judge; as Majority Leader of the United States Senate; as Chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland which resulted in an agreement that ended an historic conflict; and most recently as U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East. In 2008 Time Magazine described him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    But what Mitchell said he was most proud of is his Mitchell Institute.

    The Mitchell Institute has given two scholarships for two highschool graduates or a $1,000 each from EVERY Maine high school since 1998. Thousands of young people have be encouraged and helped along their way to college, backed by the Mitchell Institute.

  • Bangor City Councilman Joe Baldacci's official statement declaring his run for Congress

    On 29, July, 2015 Bangor City Councilman Joe Baldacci declared he will be running for Congress. photo by Ramona du Houx
    The former Bangor mayor, Joe Baldacci faces former state senator Emily Cain in the Democratic primary. If he wins he will be debating US Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who defeated Cain in her previous attempted at the House seat.

    According to a Public Policy Polling survey covering more than 1,000 people in the district from April 16 to 19, the baseline question showed him “in a statistical dead heat” with Poliquin.

    This statement is from his website:

    Dear Fellow Mainers,

    Today, I officially filed to be your next Representative to Congress for the 2nd District of Maine. 


    These decisions are never easy. I am not a multi-millionaire, former Wall Street banker. I’m a small business owner and City Councilman who still needs to work to provide for my family as well as honor the commitments I have to the people of the city of Bangor.


    In making this decision I had to ask a lot of questions to myself, my family and the residents of the 2nd District. At the end of the day it came down to these two:


    1. "Are our political leaders truly representing the people and values that I was brought up with here in Maine?"

    AND

    2. "Do they know, care or ever lived the issues that all my neighbors, friends, and fellow citizens have been facing all of our lives?"

    Unfortunately the answer was a resounding “NO!"
    Our current leadership is more concerned with ideology, special interest, and Wall Street values than representing the people of the 2nd District. 

    Putting the over 100,000 seniors in our district in peril by trying to Privatize Social Security and Medicare, is not fighting for Maine values.

    Disrespecting the sacrifice of the almost 60,000 veterans of this district by blocking funding of the Veterans Administration, is not fighting for Maine values.

    Votes against fishermen, the environment, health care, and public schools, all of the things that can, and do make our home great, is not fighting for Maine values. 

    There has become a huge and disturbing gap between Maine’s performance in recent years and what I see as Maine’s unlimited potential. A Representative that fights for, recognizes and encourages the very best in all of us, should be a first step in helping turn the mindset of this state around. I will be that Representative for you.
    I am the only candidate who was born and lived his whole life in Maine. I am not a Wall Street Republican or a Washington Democrat. 

    I am a life-long Mainer who wants to go to Washington to make sure that all of us get a fair shake from our government; that people without wealth or power can be heard and helped, and that our government and our country can work for all of us.