There is very little difference between Sen. Plowman and Brian Duprey on what I would think of as "social issues".
But is is funny to see who is the first to make religious affiliation an issue.
That is what I thought, though I do not follow such things closely.
That begs the question: Why is Duprey doing this?
That would be for Brian Duprey to explain, but having asked him, I can tell you that is has nothing to do with "social issues" or religious affiliation (sorry, rklindell).
Probably more to do with ego on Duprey's part, Deb has done a great job in the legislature both House and Senate. There is no need for her to be challenged in her last term, his running against her just shows poor taste.
I know Brian Duprey fairly well. I think there is something more to it than that.
He has a long track record of doing idiotic things so I sure he will offer some crazy explanation for it.
I've served with Brian on the Labor Committee. Sen. Deb Plowman is the Senator for three of the six towns I represent in the House. I'll be supporting Deb.
Where's the list letting us know which of these candidates is openly heterosexual?
A bit of levity this evening, Herr Editor?
If it's necessary - and it seems to be - to designate every "openly gay" politician, why limit such designations? Why not determine every candidate's sexual orientation and include it when speaking about them? Or we could just not mention sexual orientation and allow the candidates to stand on their other merits. That would be my favored choice.
The identification of openly gay candidates is just the latest example of identity politics which has been going on throughout our history. In cities like Boston and New York, if there was an Italian at the top of the ticket, the ticket would have to be balanced with an Irish candidate down the ballot. People vote for all sorts of reasons. Issues are sometimes one of them.
So Scott, you believe that flaming heterosexuals should be identified as such?
LOL I guess ego has it.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Duprey
I think I want my own Wikepedia page
From an Al Diamon column in the Boston Phoenix:
“And you call me a laughing stock?” he e-mailed. “At least I am proud that I don’t get drunk and frequent ladies restrooms. Have fun at your pub. Having lived in England for 2 years and having just about lived in my local pub, I never had a need (or desire) to want to pee in the ladies room. Maybe it excites you. So in the ladies room do you pee standing up or are you a sitter? I bet you’re a sitter. Please don’t ever call me again for quotes for your 2 bit column.”
Is this an appropriate e-mail from an elected official?
I wonder why he wants to go back to the legislature? His last session he only showed up for 50% of the votes
I live in Senate District 33. Deb Plowman is a great Senator and can count on me for 110% support!
Brian Duprey squandered the promise he showed in his first term in the House (I even burned shoeleather to help his first re-election campaign) and denigrated himself into a mean-spirited embarassment for this District. Why he would want to force a really good member of the Legislature to waste resources on a primary is beyond me. Deb won't have to worry, she'll trounce him soundly. But the need for a primary is unneccesary and shows what an arrogant, self-centered a** he is. If the buffoon thinks this positions him for 2012 he has a rude awakening coming.
In the meantime, the sane people of the District will galvanize support to send Deb Plowman back to Augusta to represent us with class and honor.
Dan - Duprey's email to Diamon reminds me of the phone call Senator Joe Perry made to an AMG member a few years ago... sophomoric and ill-considered would be a charitable manner of description.
Suggested campaign sign for Duprey:
"VOTE FOR DUPREY - REAL MEN PEE STANDING UP"
Good point. And he was dumb enough to send it to a newspaper columnist who he should have known was not above printing it.
Is this someone who should be making our laws?
And Duprey didn't pay close attention to constituent service. There was the time he mailed the Annual Report letter for Dixmont (in his District) but it was addressed to Dixfield in western Maine. Of course, town clerks know each other and by the time it reached his constuency jokes abounded whether he needed a map to go the straight line of a few miles up Route 9/202 between Hampden and Dixmont. He was the one who signed it and didn't proofread it, so he can't throw his legislative aide under the bus.
And I recall overhearing a well-known local Democrat gloating in the supermarket about the house parties they were throwing to show the DVD of his doofus Daily Show interview where he said of a bill, "I introduced it so I could vote against it."
Familiarity breeds contempt and, as voters got to see him in action, his margins dwindled election-by-election. Duprey first got elected by a 1,076 margin. His first re-election by 313 votes, then 375 and for his fourth and final term he got re-elected by only 28 votes.
Isn't the method we use to void our bladder well within the sphere of individual freedom?
[Post current as of the evening of January 6, 2010]
New Ethics-registered candidate for the Legislature listed since last Friday (with existing (previously registered) candidates in any affected districts noted and with commentary in italics)
For State Senator:
Senate District 3
Jonathan T. E. Courtney* (R-Sanford) (DOI)
existing candidate: Robert George Stackpole (D-Sanford) (DOI)
Senate District 16
Margaret M. Craven* (D-Lewiston) (DOI)
Senate District 31
Richard Rosen* (R-Bucksport) (DOI)
For State Representative:
House District 20 (represented by Benjamin Marriner Pratt (D-Eddington))
Darren M. Hall (FH) (R-Holden) (DOI)
Pratt unseated Hall in 2006.
House District 28
Dean A. Cray* (R-Palmyra) (DOI)
existing candidate: Matthew J. Quinn (D-Cornville) (DOI)
House District 31 (represented by Anne C. Perry (D-Calais), who is termed out)
Joyce A. Maker (R-Calais) (DOI)
existing candidate: C. Dean Ingham (R-Robinston) (DOI)
House District 39 (represented by Andre E. Cushing III (R-Hampden)
Carolyn Rae Dodge (G-Dixmont) (DOI)
Dodge is the first Green Independent candidate for any office besides Governor to register with the Ethics Commission in this election cycle, unless someone else (besides Patrick Quinlin who is still listed as a registered candidate for Governor, albiet as "Inactive") had earlier registered and withdrew their candidacy.
House District 40
Kimberley C. Rosen* (R-Bucksport) (DOI)
House District 55 (represented by H. David Cotta (R-China))
Helen M. Hanson (D-China) (DOI)
House District 71
Michel A. Lajoie* (D-Lewiston) (DOI)
House Distrct 88 (represented by Wright R. Pinkham (R-Lexington Township))
John M. Bertl (D-New Portland) (DOI)
existing candidate: Larry Charles Dunphy (R-Embden) (DOI)
Bertl was the Republican nominee for the main predecessor district to this district in 2002 and lost (by a greater than 2 to 1 margin) to Pinkmam in the current district in the 2004 Republican primary.
House District 89
Lance Evans Harvell* (R-Farmington) (DOI)
House District 95 (represented by H. Sawin Millett, Jr. (R-Waterford), who is termed out)
Russell A. Newcomb (D-Norway) (DOI)
House District 118
Jon Hinck* (D-Portland) (DOI)
House District 129 (represented by Jane S. Knapp (R-Gorham))
Daniel Joseph LeVasseur (D-Gorham) (DOI)
House Distrct 131
Donald G. Marean (FH) (R-Hollis) (DOI)
existing candidate: Robert Hunt* (D-Buxton) (DOI)
Hunt unseated Marean in 2008.
I would love to see a great candidate go against Craven in Lewiston, that woman needs to be run out badly!
Traci Gauthier, the Lincoln Town GOP Chair and a member of the State Committee, is running against Sen. Liz Schneider in Senate District 30: Alton, Argyle Twp., Bradford, Edinburg, Enfield, Greenbush, Howland, Hudson, Kingman Twp., LaGrange, Lee, Lincoln, Mattawamkeag, Maxfield, Old Town, Orono, Passadumkeag, Penobscot Nation Indian Island (a/k/a Penobscot Nation Voting District), Springfield, Twombly a/k/a T3-R1, Veazie, Webster Plantation and Winn.
New Ethics-registered candidates listed since Wednesday:
Senate District 6
Philip L. Bartlett* (D-Gorham) (DOI)
Senate District 22
Christopher W. Rector* (R-Thomaston) (DOI)
Senate District 29
Kevin L. Raye* (R-Perry) (Privately Financed)
House District 23
David E. Richardson* (R-Carmel) (DOI)
House District 29
Stacey Allen Fitts* (R-Pittsfield) (Privately Financed)
House District 45 (represented by John F. Piotti (D-Unity), who is termed out)
Paul A. Cowing (R-Palermo) (DOI)
Peter M. Scheff (R-Palermo) (DOI)
House District 56 (represented by Anna D. Blodgett (D-Augusta))
Scott C. Milewski (R-Augusta) (DOI)
existing candidate: Nathan K. Fellows (R-Augusta) (DOI)
House District 58 (represented by William P. Browne (R-Vassalboro), who is termed out)
Emily S. Mitchell (D-Vassalboro) (DOI)
House District 59
Stephen P. Hanley* (D-Gardiner) (Privately Financed)
House District 90 (represented by Thomas B. Saviello (R-Wilton, last elected as an U), who is termed out and is running for the State Senate)
Michael D. Wells (R-Wilton) (DOI)
existing candidate: Irving B. Faunce (D-Wilton) (DOI)
House District 92
Matthew John Peterson* (D-Rumford) (DOI)
House District 96
Lawrence G. Sirois* (D-Turner) (DOI)
existing candidate: Joshua K. Morris (R-Turner) (Privately Financed)
House District 100
James M. Hamper* (R-Oxford) (DOI)
House District 101
Richard M. Cebra* (R-Naples) (Privately Financed)
House District 105
David A. Van Wie* (D-New Gloucester) (DOI)
existing candidate: Eleanor M. Espling (R-New Gloucester) (Privately Financed)
House District 110
Mark E. Bryant* (D-Windham) (DOI)
House District 134
Linda M. Valentino* (D-Saco) (DOI)
House District 135
Paulette G. Beaudoin* (D-Biddeford) (DOI)
House District 143
John L. Tuttle, Jr.* (D-Sanford) (DOI)
House District 151 (represented by Walter A. Wheeler, Sr. (D-Kittery), who is termed out)
Devin M. Beliveau (D-Kittery) (DOI)
Change in candidate financing status listed since Wednesday:
House District 57 (represented by Patsy Crockett (D-Augusta), who is running for the State Senate)
Jarody (R-Augusta) (Privately Financed > DOI)
Jarody is still listed as his own treasurer. The law was changed in 2008 (after the revelation of State Representative William Walcott's having pocketed public campaign funds in 2006; Walcott was his own treasurer for all three of his campaigns, although he was privately financed in 2002 when he was a post-primary replacement candidate) to preclude certified Maine Clean Election Act candidates from serving as their own treasurer (or even as a deputy treasurer), so Jarody will have to find someone else to serve as treasurer of his campaign if he wants to get public funding.
Emily Mitchell is the daughter of Libby Mitchell. She is a lawyer. If she wins the seat, she would be the third member of her family to hold the seat, after her mother and her brother Charlie. Her sister held the Munjoy Hill seat in Portland. Her father is the elected Kennebec County Probate Judge and once ran for Congress.
House District 136
Devin M. Beliveau (D-Kittery) (DOI)
This should actually be House District 151
House District 136 is actually Biddeford not Kittery.
There are rumors that Russell Black, Wilton selectman, may challenge Michael Wells in the primary. Wells has been an energetic county chairman, Black is seldom seen at its meetings.
Yvette Robinson seems certain to be the Dem. challenger to Lance Harvell in Dist. 89. She is a go along/get along member of the school board, little known in town and reputed to be rather shy. Harvell furiously energetic and knows the game. He has gotten his face in the Franklin Journal repeatedly and writes columns for the Journal and Daily Bulldog quite frequently.
I believe Russ Black has previously lost one, if not two, elections for the Legislature.
Black ran against then-freshman Representative Conrad Heeschen in 1990, back when Wilton and Temple (which are still in the same district) were in with Carthage and Dixfield. Heechen won 57.84% to 42.16%. Black got 48.70% in his (and Heechen's) hometown of Wilton, but got only 38.78% in Temple, 33.48% in Dixfield and 27.27% in Carthage. In Wilton and Temple combined, Black got 47.54%. From tables accessed from the Maine page of the Wisconsin Campaign Finance Project (Midwest states seem to do a lot of research into other states; Minnesota has a history of redistricting cases nationwide going back to the 1980s at least), Black hasn't run for the Legislature since.
Thanks for pointing that error out. I do a lot of copying, pasting and editing in updating the running tally on post #6 of this thread (which I often copy in my updates, with deleting all the districts with no new candidates listed, noting existing candidates and recently adding some comments), and the district number slipped past me there. I have already fixed the error on post #6, but it won't allow me to edit post #114. I PMed our editor to see if he can edit the post to correct the district number (and the link which also goes to the central Biddeford district).
Beliveau - son of Severin - speaking of dynasties.