Letters to the Editor May 14

May 14, 2020

Gideon time-out needed

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah Gideon soldiers on in her very unseemly negative ads attacking Sen. Susan Collins.

Again, we see that small-market Maine is a cheap and attractive market for the dark-money influencers. Two such loathsome producers caught my eye today – the Tri-State Maxed Out Women and Hawaii PAC. My wife, a native Hawaiian, found that cross-ocean, cross country connection more than a little perplexing.

It is absolutely insulting that Mainers should be targeted by groups with absolutely no connection to our state.

However, most galling of all is the sheer hypocrisy of the Gideon ads. One such ad shows Collins reaching for her pocketbook while the narrator says that she has “pocketed” $1.4M from drug and insurance companies.

Untrue. It is illegal for members of Congress to accept contributions directly from corporations such as drug and insurance companies. Now for rude hypocrisy.

At the state level, there is no prohibition for such contributions, and Gideon has personally accepted contributions from AstraZeneca, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly, Walgreens and others.

This smear campaign against one of the hardest working Senators whose authorship of the PPP has helped thousands of Mainers by candidate Gideon, who has done little more than echo Chuck Schumer on the virus, is revolting.

Maine needs a time-out from these hypocritical, dark-money, negative ads.

Doc Wallace

Rockport

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