Sen. Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook), candidate for Congress in Maine’s 2nd district, found himself on the receiving end of campaign attack directed by the League of Conservation Voters.
While the LCV says they are targeting Jackson because of key votes his made in the past, Jackson said his environmental record is comparable to that of his opponent, Sen. Emily Cain (D-Penobscot). He says what really explains LCV’s attacks against him is a $25,000 donation S. Donald Sussman made to LCV.
Sussman, who is a major supporter of Maine Democrats and majority owner of the Portland Press Herald, has also contributed to Cain’s campaign.
Jackson accused LCV of letting Sussman’s donation trump principle on Twitter yesterday. But the LCV fired back with press releases and infographics making the class for Jackson’s unprecedented placement on the groups “Dirty Dozen” list.
“Troy Jackson failed to protect Maine’s public health, sided with polluters, and refused to take on big challenges like climate change. His election would put Maine on the wrong path,” said Dan Amory, board president of Maine Conservation Voters.
Jackson’s lifetime score with the league is 64 percent compared with Cain’s score of 90 percent. In endorsing Cain, the group cited her “support for action on climate change and transitioning to a clean energy economy that will create jobs in Maine and across the country.”
The LCV will send mailers into northern Maine — one endorsing Cain and another assailing Jackson. The latter mailer hits Jackson for two votes: one, in 2008, on a bill “opposing limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can dump into our air,” and another, in 2011, on a bill to repeal Maine’s pesticide notification registry.
Jackson’s campaign protests that no Democratic primary candidate with his LCV score has ever been targeted in such a manner. What really explains the $150,000 attack, they say, is that large donation from one of Cain’s wealthiest supporters, Sussman.
“I don’t have a hedge fund billionaire and his friends paying for my seat in Congress,” Jackson said in a press release responding to LCV. “People like that won’t support people like me because they know they can’t buy me off. I want to go to Washington to fight against Wall Street influence, not carry their water. I want to bring the voice of working Mainers to the floor of Congress, where more than half of the members are millionaires out of touch with everyday life and the needs of a vast majority of people in the Second District.”
If I were Jackson I wouldn’t give a hoot about the tree hugger endorsement. They’re delusional environmentalist whackos who operate in a completely different plane of reality. Their bowing at the altar of ‘global warming’ ( or ‘climate disruption’ as the moon bats now call it) is based on debunked theories. Additionally, their adoration of ‘green’ energy and the false premise that it will provide jobs in Maine is ridiculous. For proof all one needs is to look at the billions of taxpayer dollars Barack Obama squandered on ‘green’ energy.
The fact that Sussman is trying to buy the election for Cain is very telling. It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who’s back pocket ultra liberal Emily Cain would be in …… just call Cain Libby Mitchell, jr. …. to liberal for even the Democrats.
Sussman love controlling things and people with his money.
Sad to see our great Governor LePage being attacked time and again by this liberal media. Hope liberals learn from this experience.
I wouldn’t vote for Jackson under any circumstances but I do enjoy watching the left devour itself with attack ads and vitriol.
Are you surprised to see how fast the D’s draw a financial connection between Sussman and Cain as indicative of not just media favoritism, but direct involvement in campaign politics……where are those evil Koch brothers anyway?
The only real difference between Cain and Jackson is that she talks a lot faster. Like most Maine Democrats, both continue to support the destruction of Aroostook County and the rest of northern Maine’s forest ridges with the installation of under performing and useless industrial wind turbines, all on subsides taken from our tax dollars.
“I don’t have a hedge fund billionaire and his friends paying for my seat in Congress.” Which billionaire and whose seat? Jerry Bono have some of the same tastes in political spectacle.
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