In what many observers suspect is a move designed to siphon votes from the independent frontrunner in Maine's confusing three-way US Senate race, Republicans have sent out a mailer to Democrats painting the sole Democratic candidate as too liberal.
Sen. Olympia Snowe, a moderate Republican, is retiring. Vying for her Senate seat are Republican Charlie Summers, Democrat Cynthia Dill and independent Angus King. King, who was governor from 1995 until 2003, currently enjoys a 22-point lead, according to the most recent Maine Sunday Telegram poll.
The Huffington Post reports that Republicans may be trying to slash King's formidable lead by getting Democrats and independents to split their votes between King and Dill. The GOP has been sending out mailers to registered Democrats in which Dill, who is polling at a dismal 12 percent, is described as a "tree-hugging environmentalist" who is in favor of gay marriage and Obamacare.
"Too liberal for Maine" is the mailer's rallying cry. But Dill's positions on the issues will certainly appeal to many progressive voters in the state, a number of whom could possibly decide to vote for her instead of for King. That's exactly what Summers' strategists want, says Lizzy Reinholt, communications director for the Maine Democratic Party.
"[Republicans] deliberately sent [the mailer] out to Democrats-- from what we understand, Democratic women and young Democrats-- and then some independents," Reinholt told the Huffington Post. "They're also doing web ads targeted at the same universe. They've been popping up on my Facebook."
David Sorensen, spokesman for the Maine Republican Party, denied that mailers were being sent to Democrats in order to promote Dill and rob King of votes.
"We're warning voters about how liberal Cynthia Dill is, because she is a sure vote for Harry Reid in the Senate, and that's the last thing we need."