Poll results released yesterday give Senate candidate Angus King a clear lead in the race to replace Olympia Snowe. It also gives democrats Chellie Pingree (who owns the paper reporting on the poll) and Mike Michaud an edge in their races.
The very-hypothetical poll (the questions include asking about candidates that haven’t actually won primaries yet) was commissioned by the ultra liberal group “Maine People’s Resource Center” which is an offshoot group of the Maine People’s Alliance, a far-left wing advocacy group that has championed extreme liberal causes.
Now obviously the media is running with this poll, because it bodes well for all of their favorite candidates. The poll is skewed democrat, with 39% of respondents self-identifying as “democrat” while only 29% identified as “republican.”
But, more important even than the methodology may be the source. Consider the operation that is the Maine People’s Alliance. Here are some highlights of the folks that put this poll out:
The MPA is advertising their 30th Anniversary celebration this year with guest speaker…drum roll…Barney Frank! The good congressman is a frequent visitor to Maine, where his partner Jim Ready is from. He is also known to jet set to the Virgin Islands with his good friend Chellie Pingree and her hubby billionaire and Maine Today Media owner Donald Sussman.
This past summer the Maine People’s Alliance organized and led a “flash mob” of protesters who flooded a Bank of America in Brunswick and essentially shut it down as they protested…something. Video below – near the end of the video the guy in the hoodie offering a mock prayer “asking for forgiveness for the bank” is Ben Chin, the “political engagement director” for MPA:
Maine People’s Alliance has also worked hard to keep health reform from passing in Maine in the form of PL 90, a law that will help bring down individual health care costs here in the state. Apparently MPA believes our past state health insurance laws put in place by progressives have helped us out (what does your health insurance cost you?). They held a rally at the statehouse to oppose the law, and there were some interesting signs…
So when you see a poll like this one, and there will be more, crowning the democrats and “independent” favorites of the media and the left – consider the source.