The 2014 Governor’s Race
When it comes to the 2014 Governor’s race, the Maine Democratic Party is not going to back down from any challenge, be it from Paul LePage or Eliot Cutler. In fact the MDP has been working with the Democratic Governor’s Association, meeting with candidates and laying the ground work for the strongest, most exciting gubernatorial campaign this state has ever seen. Ben Grant, Chairman of the MDP lays it all out below . . .
Democrats achieved an amazing and important victory in Maine last November. But, because we know 2014 will be an even bigger challenge, I have already been meeting with Democratic leaders, activists, donors and reporters across the state to talk about the next race.
The message they heard, and the one you need to hear now is this: The Maine Democratic Party will not back down from any challenge – whether from Governor Paul LePage or Eliot Cutler.
For months we’ve been working with the Democratic Governor’s Association, meeting with candidates, and laying the ground work for what will be the strongest, most exciting gubernatorial campaign this state has ever seen.
The challenges before us are great and I know that many of you are worried about splitting the vote now that Cutler has again entered the race.
But our response cannot and should not be to shrink in the face of a challenge, or to surrender before the campaign begins. We need to make progress in Maine, and Cutler’s approach strays too far from our shared values.
Instead, this is finally the year that Democrats stand up and say “enough is enough!” Fortunately, the numbers are on our side, too. Our internal numbers and the public numbers released by PPP Polling this week paint a clear picture: If we lift up a strong Democratic candidate, we can beat LePage – and Cutler has no viable pathway to victory.
So, we ask you today for patience and faith. There are a number of strong candidates currently weighing their options and making up their minds about a run for governor. In the coming months names will emerge and slowly Democrats will unite behind one candidate.
When we do, we want to make sure you will be there with us.
Ben Grant, Chairman
Maine Democratic Party