May 9, 2006
- Slavick to split progressive vote with US Senate candidacy
- Deaths in Iraq
- Immigration policy posted
- Campaign Finances
- Calendar of Upcoming Events
1. I do not support Bill Slavick's candidacy for U.S. Senate.
In case you hadn't heard, William Slavick of Portland, 79, has
been collecting signatures to get on the November ballot as an
unenrolled U.S. Senate candidate. If he submits 4,000 verified
signatures to the Secretary of State by early June, his name will
appear on the November ballot along with that of Olympia Snowe and
the Democratic nominee, hopefully me. Reports indicate Bill will
succeed in that effort.
Unfortunately, in the process of collecting those signatures,
Bill apparently has been telling people, including some of my avid
supporters, that his U.S. Senate bid will help my campaign against
Olympia Snowe. This is flatly not true, and I am concerned that
people may have been signing his nomination papers thinking they are
helping me out.
Bill is well-known in some progressive circles, and he is sure
to draw some supporters. His politics are close to mine. That being
the case, Bill's name on the November ballot with mine can only hurt
my effort to unseat Olympia Snowe, by splitting the progressive vote
and allowing Snowe to return to Washington.
Yes, Bill has every right to run. He wants to, and he can. And
he certainly doesn't need my permission. I just question a
political strategy that is destined to assure the very thing he most
When I heard about his quest, I called him up. He told me not
to worry, that Snowe is invincible, that no one could win against
her, so his candidacy couldn't possibly make a difference in the
outcome. He wants to be in the debates with Snowe, to contribute
some points, maybe change the direction of the discussion. He chose
not to run in the Democratic primary with me and Eric because he
didn't think he could win the primary, and he really wants to debate
Snowe. Running as an independent was the only way to guarantee that
He also told me he didn't want to be a spoiler, so if the polls
showed I was gaining on Snowe, he would pull out of the race. I
pointed out that his name would still be on the ballot, people might
not get the message that he didn't want them to vote for him, and
did he really want to rely on polls to make that decision? He was
So folks, you heard it here first. This new development
complicates our efforts, and means we will need you more than ever
to topple Snowe. I trust you are up to the task.
2. Our hearts go out to the families of the military guardsmen
from Maine killed and injured last weekend in Iraq.
According to the Bangor Daily News, Staff Sgt. Dale James Kelly
Jr., 48, of Richmond and Staff Sgt. David Michael Veverka, 25, a
University of Maine student from Jamestown, Pa., were killed. The
soldiers were members of B Company, 3rd Battalion of the 172nd
Infantry regiment based in Brewer. The third soldier, Pvt.
Christopher Fraser, 19, of Windsor, was seriously injured in the
attack and was transferred to medical facilities in Landstuhl, Germany.
3. New Immigration Policy
"...Here is my five-point plan to address this situation.
Notice my plan says nothing about building walls along the
border, making criminals of illegal immigrants or deporting
people. Instead, I put the focus where I think it actually
belongs, on American employers, be they corporations,
businesses, or individuals hiring someone to work in a private
4. Come On Public, Support This Campaign!
All of you who think public financing of federal campaigns is
the only way to get big money out of politics, here's the deal:
In This Campaign
YOU ARE THE PUBLIC!
As you know, Maine's Clean Election Fund is not open to federal
candidates (Congress and U.S. Senate). That means that my entire
campaign has to be funded by YOU.
If you like what you see in this campaign, and you want other
people to learn about us so they will vote for me in the June
primary, so I can win the nomination and go on to face Olympia Snowe
WE NEED YOUR HELP. NOW.
Our next FEC reporting period ends May 25. But most of the
expenses for the primary have to be paid for before that.
It's OK if you can't contribute anywhere near the maximum
$2,100. You are not alone -- we haven't had anyone hit that figure
yet. Our average contribution is between $50 and $100. Anything
you can swing our way would be greatly appreciated. This is
definitely a grassroots campaign, and the hundreds of people on our
contributor list proves it.
Thanks for all your support up to this point. We couldn't have
gotten here without you. But we're getting down to the wire here,
and we need your help -- for the first time, or again.
You can help us reach out to voters, you can help us empower our
fellow citizens, so that in June, and again in November, we can all
be proud to
Vote for the America We Want to Live In.
Together we can do this.
The treasurer says:
The best way to help out is to send a personal check. When you
do that we get 100 percent of the money because there are no
handling fees. Send your check, made out to:
and mail it, along with our Mail-in Contribution Form
4262 Kennebec Rd.
Dixmont ME 04932
But if you prefer to make an online or credit card
contribution, go to our Online Contribution
Page. Online contributions to Jean's campaign can also be made through ActBlue.Com, Here
Credit card contributions can also be made off-line, with credit
card information processed in the campaign office and deposited
directly into the campaign's bank account. Fill out and mail in the
Mail-in Contribution Form, and we'll take it from there. Or call us
at one of our campaign numbers, and we'll take the information
from you over the phone.
David Bright, treasurer
5. Calendar of Upcoming Events
(Jean's calendar is constantly changing. Keep an eye on it Here
May 9, 2006 (Tuesday)
-- Alamoosook Progressive Alliance, Orland
Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. Jean is the featured speaker
May 16, 2006 (Tuesday)
-- Candidate Debate/Forum, Sagadahoc County
Democratic Committee, Patten Free Library, Washington St, Bath, 6-8 p.m.
May 18, 2006 (Thursday)
-- Kennebec County Democratic Committee,
Augusta City Hall, 6:45 p.m. Meet the Candidates
May 25, 2006 (Thursday)
-- MPBN candidate debate, broadcast live on
MPBN radio and television, 8 p.m.
June 2-3, 2006 (Friday & Saturday)
-- Democratic State Convention,
Augusta Civic Center
June 13, 2006 (Tuesday)
-- Primary Election Day