- 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).