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Memo: State of the Maine Governor’s Race
To: Interested Parties
From: Chris Sloan, Senior Campaign Advisor, DGA
Subject: State of the Maine Governor’s Race
We know that while most voters in Maine have a good understanding of both Governor Mills and the former Governor, even with universal name ID, we know that voters are getting re-introduced to both candidates and their vision for the state. Governor Mills has been on TV since late July, using her financial advantage to remind and re-educate Maine voters about her bipartisan success focused on the issues that matter most to working families. In contrast, LePage is attempting to re-brand himself and has tripped over himself to re-insult Mainers, reminding voters how divisive he was during his time in office.
Swing non-college women and swing voters who don’t watch broadcast television need to read more about both Gov. Mills and former Gov. LePage.
After briefly introducing Janet to voters, highlighting her bio and top accomplishments, it is important to show how the current Governor and former Governor contrast on key issues like the economy, education, and health care.
A 7th generation Mainer, Janet Mills had already built her career around public service when she met her husband Stan, a widower with five young daughters. Juggling everything as a working mom wasn’t easy, but it made Janet the strong leader she is today, able to bring people together and make real progress.
Paul LePage, on the other hand, is “offensive” and “divisive.” His approach hurt Maine families and blocked progress.
JANET MILLS ALWAYS PUTS MAINE FIRST.
PAUL LEPAGE GOVERNED AS A DIVISIVE BULLY, WHICH HURT MAINE.
- ECONOMY. Janet worked with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to deliver $850 relief checks to more than 850,000 people and build the Rainy Day Fund to a record high – and she did it all without raising taxes.
- Paul LePage gave tax breaks to the wealthy and forced huge property tax hikes on working families.
- EDUCATION. Janet fully-funded the state’s share of K-12 public education for the first time in Maine history, and she raised the minimum salary for teachers.
- Paul LePage proposed gutting funding from Maine schools and blocked teacher pay raises.
- HEALTH CARE. Janet expanded MaineCare to cover nearly 100,000 additional Mainers, and restored the Drugs for the Elderly Program, helping seniors get access to affordable prescription drugs.
- Paul LePage repeatedly blocked MaineCare expansion and cut the program that saved seniors on their prescriptions.