Talk it to death

By AL DIAMON  |  April 10, 2013

Like most politicians with something to hide, Cutler ignored repeated requests in 2010 from Project Vote Smart to put his positions on the record. But he's occasionally been tricked into admitting he's pro-choice on abortion, in favor of same-sex marriage, opposed to casinos, and generally against gun control. On environmental matters, he's favored increased regulation of greenhouse gases, but also wanted to abolish the state Board of Environmental Protection. He said he'd address the need for cheaper power in Maine by creating an Energy Finance Authority to look for some. Maybe it could conduct a lengthy study.

Pressed by a WGAN interviewer to clarify his stand on the minimum wage, Cutler said, "What we've got to focus on in Maine is making our overall economy better."

One way to accomplish that would be to have a comprehensible plan. LePage does. You may disagree with his approach, but it's readily understandable. In contrast, Cutler has a bunch of simplistic catchphrases, designed to avoid having to take firm positions.

He's a boob. If you buy his hokum, you are, too.

CORRECTIONS In last week's column, I got the number of times Joe Brennan ran unsuccessfully for governor wrong. It was three. Also, Plato Truman's first failed bid for major office came in 1966, not 1970. Thanks to Paul Mills, historian extraordinaire, for the facts. ^

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