Eliot Cutler News Roundup

  • The Maine Commission on Government Ethics and Election Practices held a meeting Monday to clear up an issue still lingering from the gubernatorial election. The issue? Somebody had created an anonymous website attacking Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler.

The end result of the meeting was the disclosure of the authors of the website. One was John Bailey, the president of a public relations firm based out of Portland. In addition, he was also a consultant for Democratic candidate Rosa Scarcelli during the primary and Independent Shawn Moody during the general election. Bailey was fined $200 for failing to specify that the website was not authorized by any party or candidate. In addition, the investigation revealed the second creator to be Thom Rhoads, Scarcelli’s husband. Both men had initially denied or obfuscated their role in the affair.

  • The Lewiston Sun Journal recently editorialized on the need for Maine Democrats to find a new leader and direction. Much of their criticism centers upon two attack ads the party released during the general election which attempted to tie Cutler to foreign interests and oil companies. Interestingly, the same outlet recently described Republican Paul LePage as defeating “Eliot Cutler and three other candidates,” a twist on the usual dismissal of minor party candidates with its inclusion of Democrat Libby Mitchell (Mitchell’s campaign ended with 18.5% of the vote).
  • The Maine Public Broadcasting Network has an excellent series on the recent gubernatorial campaign. Each installment focuses upon an individual candidate. You can find the article on Eliot Cutler here. Readers may also be interested in the profile of Independents Kevin Scott and Shawn Moody.
  • Campaign finance reports show that Cutler eventually spent $2.1 million on the race, including $1 million in self-funding. The top three Independent candidates for Governor all spent over $1 million on their races (Lincoln Chafee, Tom Tancredo, and Cutler).

25 thoughts on “Eliot Cutler News Roundup

  1. Robert Milnes

    Once again johnny come lately snot nose Surman reports on a reactionary.
    Cutler has democrat ties. The winner, LePage, is a trepublican. So the race boiled down to 2 reactionaries.
    All 3 top Independents mentioned as major competitors have reactionary ties.
    A genuine Independent is a leftist or rightist who goes Independent for reasons involved in the difficulties of running as a leftist or rightist. Not a reactionary democrat or republican who manipulates the system.
    & the Open Thread for readers’ news is a good idea. It ADDS & organizes reader access. The other open threads do not do that. They segregate in order to stifle or isolate.
    Let’s stop those.

  2. Robert Milnes

    I assume “Please only post links in other articles which contribute actively to the discussion in that respective thread.” means that if one were to post such a link it would not be deleted. If not, then this open thread is also a bad idea.
    Otherwise IPR thought police should start deleting comments that meander off thread topic.
    I think of the long, boring banter between Capozzi & Knapp as prime examples of this.

  3. Catholic Trotskyist

    And Cutler was a very damaging figure; but the Democrat should have dropped out in October as it turned out that Cutler was a rare independent strong candidate. He was probably part of the criminal conspiracy of MP Ralph Nader and his false flag progressive operations.

  4. Daniel Surman

    Mr. Milnes, if you bothered to look up Cutler’s history he was a Democrat all of his life until 2007, when he became a Republican. However, he did not feel welcome there so he became an Independent. All of the top gubernatorial candidates this year used to be active in another party. Lincoln Chafee was a longtime Republican, Tancredo was a Republican congressman and presidential candidate, Horner was a chief of staff to ta GOP Senator, Cahill was a former Deomcratic Treasurer of Massachusetts, Scott Lee Cohen was the Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate before he became an Indy gubernatorial candidate.

  5. Robert Milnes

    Mr. Surman, yes, I know…Tancredo was a rep etc. I was a presidential candidate in 2008.& am a genuine Independent for 2012.
    The point is these candidates are all reactionaries-dems or reps. or not associated with the dem or rep parties but still reactionaries.. @4, that includes moderates and/or centrists.
    The only other categories are leftists-progressives/revolutionaries including libertarians, or rightists-counterrevolutionaries.
    Leftists and rightists are about equal in number and are up to mortal enemies. This showed graphically in the close Chile election of 1970.
    Please do not patronize me Surman. You clearly are no match.

  6. Daniel Surman

    I do not intend to patronize you. My point was that the minor party and independent candidates who are out there making news often had a past career in major party politics.

    IPR covers minor party and independent news. It is fine that you subscribe to a certain type of politics, but that doesn’t mean I will limit my reporting to the one type of politics you follow. I am perfectly willing to cover “leftists-progressives/revolutionaries” who give me something newsworthy to report.

  7. Robert Milnes

    you are perpetuating a Catch-22. Lieberman, Chaffee Tancredo et al are reactionaries.who, if they go Independent, game the system with a head start & reactionary MSM support. By reporting them you pertpetuate their monopoly on media.
    IPR was founded to address that issue by publicizing third party & GENUINE Independents. By covering them & reporting ties to dems & reps incidentally. You have it backwards. You are starting with the dems & reps/reactionaries & ties to third party & Independents incidentally. Then you point to their lack of newsworthyness.
    e.g.:-Rightist Reagan Libertarian Root gets tons of reactionary MSM.Hence Also lots in IPR. But you will NEVER find a radical libertarian on FOX. *Ron Paul is NOT a radical libertarian or anarchist.
    & I did not suggest that you limit your reporting to the one type of politics I follow. Don’t put words in my mouth. Bad enough you take some out.

  8. Robert Milnes

    …Lieberman Chaffee, Tancredo & CUTLER-I do not want to wander off thread.
    A good example of a genuine Independent would be Joe Kennedy for U.S.Senate in MA. He got a lot of publicity in IPR. Are you familiar with his reasons for running Independent instead of LP? Reasons involving MA ballot access laws etc.

  9. Robert Milnes

    I may have suggested indirectly that if you are a reactionary or not able to get with the spirit of IPR, maybe IPR is a mismatch for your writing.
    Covering Cutler might go something like:-ho, hum another fake Independent. Was there any REAL Independents in the race? Read this…

  10. Robert Milnes

    In my case I’m running Independent because the LP & GP are almost certainly not going to nominate a fusion ticket. Whereas I am trying to START with a fusion ticket.

  11. pete healey

    Here in Ulster County in upstate New York two years ago there was an election for county executive and there were only two ballot-qualified candidates. The Democrat candidate had been a life-long Republican until the Democrats took control of the county legislature two years previous, and the Republican candidate had been a life-long Conservative Party registrant until one year before the election when he changed his registration to Independent (that’s the name of the Reform Party in New York, not an independent voter classification). It’s getting harder and harder to tell the players without a scorecard.
    And the League of Women Voters held a candidate debate during the campaign and I wrote the question on the card and passed it to the moderator (as we were requested to do, rather than allowing direct questioning from the audience), “What party have you been registered with as far back as you can remember?” The moderator refused to pose the question because, as she told me afterward, “it would have been prejudicial” to the candidates. LWV is past its prime and heading into dotage.

  12. Charles

    ELIMINATE MAINE VEHICLE INSPECTION LAW

    signatures: 267
    signature goal: 10,000
    .Target: State of Maine
    Sponsored by: People for the way life should be
    Maine annual inspection law only benefits 2 industries mechanics who thrive on people when they need this done each year..And car dealers when people think that they can not get anymore use from a vehicle that could probably last them many more years..Eliot Cutler was on the right path when he brought this to the attention of the voter..Lets finish one law that is long over due to get scraped..Lets spend more on laws that will help Maine
    We all thought maine was going to move into a positive move when we heard Eliot was in the lead the begining of the night..I went to bed saying AAHH..I wished he had done a recount But the first issue he wanted to repeal was this law and i have started this on my own and its starting to take off the only place i have really posted this is C/L but you have the guys who make money off from peoples cars that die..Then the junk yard guys tell them its junk haul it back to there garage put a fuse in it and turn $200 into 1000 or more i see this every day..Plus you have the dishonest inspection guy who wants 1500 from some poor old women to fix her car,? The smart one drives 2 miles down the road and the guy who is honest tells her she is fine..I have never seen so many people in one state that get a licence to scam each other then maine..I wanted Eliot Cutler so bad i wanted some freedom in my life..Like i said i wish he had done the recount..But anyone interested in this repeal.. check out what alot of people have to say even the guys who inspect ..Im doing my best i hope it catches its starting to pick up speed Thanks

  13. Deran

    Cutler could have won had he worked at getting a stronger fundraising stream sooner. His fiscal and social centrism, with slight libertarian overtones, is very Maine.

  14. Deran

    And I agree that the open threads for Mr.s Milnes, Ogle, Campbell and CatTrot are an excellent idea. Those threads serve IPR well.

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