D-Portland | tomallen.org | tomallen.house.gov
Portland city councilor, 1989-95 | Portland mayor 1991-92 | elected to US House in 1996 | Current committees: Energy & Commerce, and Budget
Allen, who traveled to Iraq earlier this year, is running as an anti-war, anti-Bush candidate seeking change in DC, and accuses his opponent, Susan Collins, of being too aligned with the “Bushie” camp. National Democrats are pinning their hopes on Allen to unseat an entrenched Republican. (This summer, MoveOn.org raised $250,000 for him just before everyone’s least-favorite “Democrat,” Joe Lieberman, came to Maine to campaign for Collins.) An Allen victory will depend on continuing public disenchantment with Bush and the GOP, but poll numbers show him trailing big-time (a Research 2000 poll in October showed Collins with a 56-33 percent lead among likely voters). Plus, some liberals don’t think he’s pushed hard enough for Bush/Cheney impeachment, and they say they won’t vote for him because of it — although with no third-party candidate in the race yet, their only viable alternative is not to vote at all.