Poliquin former NRCM Director; largest donor to stop widening of the Turnpike
Poliquin takes hits over support of 1991 anti-widening initiative
Other GOP U.S. Senate contenders question his commitment to a pro-business agenda. Poliquin says his opposition to the turnpike project was based on economics.
By Steve Mistler
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Poliquin is taking heat for his support for a 21-year-old voter initiative that temporarily halted the widening of the Maine Turnpike.
The hotly contested 1991 referendum pitted environmentalists against business groups over a $100 million project that would have added two lanes to the 30 southernmost miles of the toll road. A May 16, 1991, Portland Press Herald story identified Poliquin as the top donor to the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, the political action committee that opposed the widening.