Maine Dem Nominee Cynthia Dill to Patty Murray: Help!
Posted at 4:41 p.m. on July 19, 2012
(Joshua Miller/CQ Roll Call)
Maine state Sen. Cynthia Dill, the Democratic nominee for Senate, penned a letter today to Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, asking for a meeting and an endorsement.
“With an open U.S. Senate seat at stake in Maine, we trust Democrats in Washington will act to preserve its ‘true blue’ majority by endorsing the candidate with the greatest respect for the Democratic Party and its platform,” Dill wrote. “With this historic opportunity to turn Maine’s red seat blue and ensure a progressive agenda this November, the DSCC must not abandon its principles and supporters.”
The DSCC has been absent from the Maine Senate race. Former Gov. Angus King (I), a prohibitive frontrunner in the open-seat race, is considered likely to caucus with Democrats. And in a race with a serious GOP candidate, any boost to the Democratic nominee could hurt King, a popular two-term former governor.
Dill, who is in the single digits in public polls, raised only $66,000 in the second quarter and ended June with a truly embarrassing $29,000 in cash on hand.
Dill and Murray talked on the phone today. In a press release, the Dill campaign said Dill told Murray, “Regardless of what the polls say or how much money we have as a campaign, what I want to talk about are issues that matter to the people of Maine. One big distraction has been the DSCC silence about this race.”
“Senator Murray spoke with Cynthia today and told her that the DSCC would continue to monitor the race,” DSCC spokesman Matt Canter said in a statement.
Roll Call rates the race as Likely Independent.