2014 Gubernatorial Campaign

"Independent" Cutler blames Tea Party, Ted Cruz for partial federal shutdown


Cutler Village

Unenrolled gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler

Eliot Cutler, a liberal who is running for governor without party affiliation, took to Facebook on Wednesday to blast partisan “blamesmanship” and blame the partial shutdown of the federal government on “Tea Party Republicans” and U.S. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

“There’s a lot of blamesmanship being practiced in Washington right now — a lot of it deservedly directed, in my opinion, at Tea Party Republicans in the House and Senator Cruz,” Cutler said in a Facebook post¬†from somewhere in Portland.

Cutler said the shutdown would have an awful impact on Maine’s tourist-reliant economy and federal workers.

“But the shutdown has other consequences that are serious for all of us,” he said. “[The] loss of trust Americans have in our government’s ability to govern fairly, competently and well, and diminished U.S. credibility around the world.”

In 2010, Cutler finished in second place with 36.5 percent of the vote, narrowly missing a chance to become the third Maine governor to reject party affiliation.

In that election, Cutler, who was born in Bangor but now lives in Cape Elizabeth, sought to portray himself as a centrist. But with his Tea Party-targeted rhetoric and embrace of the Democrat-backed Medicaid expansion proposal, it appears he is now positioning himself as the far left candidate of choice.

He is the only pro-choice candidate in the race.

S.E. Robinson
Maine Wire Reporter

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Steve Robinson is the former editor of The Maine Wire and currently the executive producer of the Kirk Minihane Show. Follow him on Twitter @BigSteve207.

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