I'm not changing

By AL DIAMON  |  May 29, 2014

Jackson may be squishy on social issues, but he appears ready to go to the mat on most other stuff, quietly embracing the Capitol Hill tradition of not getting anything done.

On his website, Republican Bruce Poliquin, a former state treasurer and unsuccessful candidate for just about everything, says career politicians in Washington “bicker to score political points while our serious problems grow worse.” To correct that, Poliquin promises to … bicker.
He said he won’t compromise on his opposition to background checks on all gun buyers (although, he used to favor them), his efforts to outlaw abortion, his disdain for almost all federal spending, and his stand against any limits on campaign contributions.

He’s the kind of hardcore believer who won’t be swayed by facts, but might be by polling.

In a television ad, Poliquin accused his opponent, former state senate president Kevin Raye, of favoring the federal stimulus bill (he didn’t), of backing Obamacare (nope), and of supporting legislation to make consumers aware of Maine’s product warranty law (yeah, he’s guilty).

He also noted that Raye “didn’t sell his Virginia home before running for Congress.” As the Portland Press Herald pointed out, that was back in 2001, the first time Raye ran for the 2nd District seat, shortly after he resigned as then-US Senator Olympia Snowe’s chief of staff. Raye’s legal residence remained in Maine the entire time.

Which is more than Poliquin, a former Wall Street investment broker, can claim. He didn’t even live in the 2nd District until a few months ago, well after he’d announced his candidacy.

At least he was able to compromise on that.

Stick to your guns or stick it to me by emailingaldiamon@herniahill.net.

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