PORTLAND – Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Shenna Bellows sought to tie incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at a press conference on Wednesday.
The event, which took place at Rising Tide Brewery in Portland, coincided with the one-year anniversary of the 2013 partial government shutdown and followed efforts by Bellows’ campaign to blame Collins for causing the sixteen-day partial closure of some federal agencies.
“You cannot rewrite history,” Bellows said. “Mainers know that the Republicans, lockstep, Susan Collins joining Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz, are responsible for last year’s government shutdown.”
“We’ve seen record obstructionism in this Congress,” she said. “The 113th Congress is on record, on its way to becoming the least productive Congress since World War Two, meaning that they will have passed fewer laws.”
Bellows and others present at the press conference said the partial government shutdown undercut businesses throughout the state, especially those relying on tourists visiting Acadia National Park, which was closed for the duration of the conflict.
Also Wednesday, the Collins campaign held a press conference of its own to push back on what they say is a misleading narrative.
“The Bellows for Senate campaign continues to struggle with the facts,” said Collins’ spokesman Lance Dutson. “They have cited incorrect votes once again, in an effort to diminish Senator Collins’ well-known leadership role in re-opening the government after the shutdown.”
“Democrat, Republican and Independent Senate colleagues are on the record lauding Sen Collins’ instrumental role,” he said. “Bellows’ ludicrous claims that somehow Senator Collins was complicit in shutting down the government is easily refuted by simply checking the votes, and unfortunately Bellows and her team over and over have shown their inability to reconcile their narrative with the facts.”
The dueling press conferences followed dueling advertisements and Web videos issued by the Collins and Bellows campaigns.
Bellows’ video claims Collins voted with “Washington Republicans” to shutdown the federal government twice. It depicts the vote with checked boxes and two dates — September 30, 2013, and October 1, 2013. The Collins campaign responded with a video of their own debunking Bellows’ Web video. (See below)
Wednesday morning Bellows released yet another video regarding the partial government shutdown.
According to the Real Clear Politics polling average, Collins leads Bellows by 30 points.
I would rather be tied to Cruz than Obama. Somehow I do not think Collins is close to Cruz, however Bellows does show some communist traits
Obama was ultimately at fault for the shutdown. The world did not fall apart. Military and such were still paid. Personally, I would be thrilled to have a Senator who does their best to honor their oath of office to uphold and defend the US Constitution as well as Cruz.
I can only wish that Collins was like Cruz. He at least shows some fidelity to the Constitution.
I find it amusing that Republicans “shut down” the government. Why isn’t it blamed on the Democrats who also wouldn’t compromise?
Perhaps Bellows hasn’t noticed that Ted Cruz believes in the US Constitution and supports it. Obama uses his phone and his pen to shred the Constitution. Democrats have been supporting Communist goals for many years.
I’m most disappointed in Rising Tide as a fiscal conservative life long beer connoisseur. Not a smart move my friends!
Why don’t we refer to Bellows as the “progressive candidate” that she is running on the Democrat ticket? The Bold Progressive web site claims her as part of the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democrat Party not the Capitalist , read mainstream, Democrat wing. In other words, she’s a far left socialist masquerading as a liberal…. as usual.
Yikes. Optics not so good on that pic, it looks like Bellow’s support is preimarily tired old white people.
I wish Suzy was aligned with Senator Cruz! I will hold my nose and vote for her in November because the Devil you know is better than the Devil you don’t know. Jeesh!!!!
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