Candidates in Maine’s low-key 1st Congressional District campaign meet for …

October 7th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

The three candidates running for Maine’s 1st Congressional District on Monday debated the ongoing U.S. role in war-torn Iraq, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and a question that divides Mainers of all political stripes: blueberry or whoopie pie?

In the first of three scheduled debates in the race, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree portrayed herself as an experienced legislator on issues that are important to Maine voters, while the Democrat’s two challengers – Republican Isaac Misiuk and independent Richard Murphy – said the dysfunction in Washington is proof of the need for change.

“I’m angry, I’m disappointed and I’m frustrated,” said Murphy, a Springvale resident and National Guard veteran running on constitutional issues, during the 30-minute debate broadcast live on WGME-TV in Portland. The debate was co-sponsored by the Bangor Daily News.

The race for Maine’s 1st District has, to date, been a low-key campaign overshadowed by the intense, big-money battles for governor and the 2nd Congressional District.

Pingree, a three-term incumbent from the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party, had a large fundraising advantage over her two opponents during the last reporting period, and a September poll by the University of New Hampshire/Portland Press Herald showed the incumbent with a 66 percent to 13 percent lead over Misiuk. Murphy received no support among poll respondents. Pingree is married to S. Donald Sussman, majority owner of MaineToday Media, which publishes the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel.

There were no major flare-ups during Monday’s fast-moving debate at the WGME

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