Mitchell will have to defend her record of supporting higher taxes, opposing cuts in state government, backing the Dirigo Health program, catering to the public-employees unions, and favoring increased regulations on businesses. Her long service in the Legislature and bureaucracy, as well as her previous disastrous attempts to run for higher office, will provide Republicans with all the material they'll need for their attack ads.
"She's the candidate we'd most like to run against," a GOP activist told me shortly before the primary. "I wish I could send her campaign a donation."
LePage has less of a record in office as a city councilor and mayor in Waterville, although his lack of experience and contentious approach — publicly threatening vetoes, rather than negotiating — may turn off voters seeking a governor who can achieve consensus. But those hired to destroy his image will find plenty of fresh material every time he opens his mouth. LePage has to be watched carefully, or he'll say exactly what he thinks, which ranges from contradictory (civil unions) to insensitive (ethnic stereotyping) to downright dunderheaded (his tax plan).
As the Augusta Insider Web site noted, some Dems are already referring to him as "Woodcock 2.0."
Coming soon to polling places everywhere: Mitchell and LePage in Nightmare on Your Street.
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