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Collins, Maine GOP knock Allen for his missed votes
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|Last Edited||The Sunset Provision Sep 26, 2007 12:27am|
|News Date||Wednesday, September 26, 2007 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has a perfect Senate voting record. If Maine voters don’t already know that, they will be educated in the coming weeks and months. |
Rep. Tom Allen (D-Maine) has a 98 percent voting record in Congress. Voters most likely will hear about that, too.
As Collins’s reelection race starts to take shape, Allen’s initial points of attack against her are clear: Iraq, Iraq, Iraq.
For Collins, the early knock on Allen is that he has missed 129 votes, including 19 last week to attend fundraisers in California.
An aide to Collins, speaking on background, said that before last week, the senator’s campaign had polled on the issue of Allen’s missed votes twice, and both times, “and not surprisingly, it’s an issue that polls really well for us.”
The aide said that the senator includes a line in her stump speech when addressing Republican-only crowds that mentions her perfect attendance.
“That’s the biggest applause line that she gets every time,” the aide said.
In front of mixed crowds, Collins adds a line about Allen’s 129 missed votes, and there are “audible gasps” from the crowd.
The high-ranking aide said the campaign believed all along that Allen’s missed votes in a “good government” state will be an issue in the race, but he “upped the ante” by missing votes last week on issues like “terrorism risk insurance and affordable housing.”
The aide said Allen is defining his view of the race early, saying essentially that money is what is needed to win the race while the “plucky little senator from Maine just keeps plugging along.”
The aide added that while the issue may not look like much right now, they expect Allen “to get hammered” over it next year.
“I just believe this is going to go over like a lead balloon,” the aide said.
The state GOP has been trying to push the issue as well, releasing a statement late last week that read: “Welcome back to work, Tom Allen!
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