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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010, 12:23 pm

Jacobson still pushing outsider businessman image


Back in Maine, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Matt Jacobson has issued a press release commenting on “the anti-incumbent votes in the Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas U.S. Senate races.”

“These elections are a repudiation of Washington-style political tactics,” Jacobson added. “Voters are tired of special interests and big business controlling the political agenda.  At the national and state levels, voters are rejecting policies such as the federal stimulus bill that has added trillions to our national debt or buying a private railroad in Maine that has already been bailed out twice before.  I reject those policies as well.”

Jacobson tried, again, to cement his position as the pro-business harbinger of jobs. He also included what could be a subtle jab at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with that line about “big business,” but that’s just speculation. While throwing in a little outsider rhetoric:

“The voters are speaking: it’s time for real solutions that will fix Maine’s ongoing problems with lower taxes, reduced government spending, and an unwavering emphasis on private sector job growth.  I’m not an insider, but I’ve run companies and I’ve brought jobs to Maine. I know how to lead and I know how to create jobs. A Jacobson administration will lead our state through the necessary tough decisions that will make Maine a great place to live and work.”

Like I said, the guy really, really wants to be seen as the Republican’s “jobs and business” candidate, but he knows he’s got a tough row to hoe. Earlier this week, the campaign sent out an e-mail calling for donations, saying that half of Republicans in Maine don’t know who they’re voting for yet. Jacobson’s cash contributions total at just over $118K, according to the campaigns most recent filings with the Maine Commission on Government Ethics and Election Practices. After taking into account money owed, Jacobson had just over $30K in hand at the report’s filing on April 27.

Mario Carmine Moretto is editor of Politicator and a founding editor of the Observer.

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