Tom Allen Disses VoteVets

by: Matt Stoller

Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 19:34


This is so irritating.

On Friday, the anti-war group Vote Vets put out an ad in Maine that harshly criticized Republican Sen. Susan Collins' support of the war. The spot, which had $200,000 behind it and was narrated by a veteran, hit the Senator for being complicit in the wasting of federal dollars and lives in Iraq.

"Sen. Susan Collins just stood by and let all of this happen, and still is," says Iraq War veteran Alex Cornell du Houx. "I gave 100 percent in Iraq. I can't afford to give Iraq any more. Call Susan Collins and tell her we want our money back."...

"As the target of weeks of relentless false and negative attacks aired on TV and radio by allies of Senator Collins, Tom Allen knows that distortions such as these ads have no place in this race," said Carol Andrews, Allen's communications director. "Congressman Allen is the candidate in this race who three months ago set a standard for positive communications pleas from third parties. He asked Senator Collins to join him in that effort. That request was refused."

I didn't like Tom Allen when he went after bloggers in 2005.  He's part of that wanker class.  I hope he defeats Susan Collins and would vote for him if given the opportunity, but I can see why Maine voters wouldn't want to put him in the Senate.

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The Wanker Class (0.00 / 0)
I like it.  That's a keeper.

Much better than the dreadful "Creative Class."


I live in Maine. I like Allen. I've done a little (4.00 / 2)
volunteering. The most dispiriting thing is this:

[Allen] set a standard for positive communications pleas from third parties. He asked Senator Collins to join him in that effort. That request was refused.

So he's unilaterally disarming? Great strategy!

I guess I'll call the local office.


Time to give more money to Jeff Merkley (4.00 / 3)
Sounds even more like the better progressive bet.  

plus he has a better chance (4.00 / 1)
of winning. Gordon Smith is not popular the way Susan Collins is.

Join the Iowa progressive community at Bleeding Heartland.

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Knowing Maine as well as I do (4.00 / 1)
this isn't the reason they don't want Allen in the Senate, Susan Collins is. She and Snowe are so amazingly popular, no matter what you try to say about them, no one believes it.

Allen can do one of two things, he can either run way to the left, which would probably excite the left, and lose, or he can run to the middle, make himself out to be the anti-war Susan Collins, and lose.

The only way to win here is to bring down Collins' favorabilities and tie her to the national Republican Party. If you've ever been to Maine, you'd know doing that is no easier than teaching a brick wall to dance. Collins needs to do something to break her trust with Maine voters, like a scandal or something.

That said, I don't know what Allen is doing here except he's given up here and is trying to keep his favorabilities up to prep himself for a future statewide run.  


I don't know if people love Collins so much. (0.00 / 0)
Least not the ones I've been calling. But she's our Senator. You've seen her posters? "Susan Collins: Our Senator." That's her selling point. She's the senator. Even if you don't like her, you can't disagree with that.

Allen doesn't appear to want this enough. He should be attacking her relentlessly. She's a proven liar. She gave Maine a promise, and she lied outright. (Term limits.) She voted with Allen 80% of the time.

Frankly, there are some personal issued I wouldn't mind seen raised from people who have the standing to do so, but I don't.  


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Why does Maine love incumbents so much? ... (0.00 / 0)
I've heard that Maine is one of the few places that doesn't like negative campaigning ... but how was what the ad said false?

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I'm not a native Mainer, but (4.00 / 2)
the Chamber of Commerce anti-union negative ads against Allen worked just fine, thank you very much. I think that's just some bullshit CW like how wonderful bipartisanship is.

If Allen wants to win, he's gonna have to test the idea.  


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my lefty friends who live in his distict (0.00 / 0)
are not fans at all. Normally they would be volunteering for a campaign, but they are uninspired to GOTV for him.

Join the Iowa progressive community at Bleeding Heartland.

"went after bloggers" (0.00 / 0)
Let's not forget: Allen wanted to force bloggers to file with the FEC as though we were PACs.

Let him fend off Collins on his own.  


He won't fend her off on his own. (0.00 / 0)
That's the problem. He'd be hugely better than Collins for the country, too. So can we afford to sit back and watch him lose?

I just wish he wanted this more.

And someone oughtta email his campaign with a "Right to Respond" offer.


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Yeah, don't worry (0.00 / 0)
No one's forgotten that. So are you saying the netroots should not pay attention to this race because of that?

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Free attention (0.00 / 0)
I've sent a little money to Larry LaRocco in Idaho, Andrew Rice in Oklahoma twice, Rick Noriega in Texas three times, Jim Slattery in Kansas, and Jim Martin in Georgia -- not to mention half a dozen candidates for the House.  (I'm glad the Visa bill only comes once a month.) But I don't have 2 cents for Tom Allen.

You can write all about him, but please don't ask me to help fund him. There are too many others, too many longshots with a better shot at it than he's got. (Yes, Larry LaRocco and Rick Noriega and Jim Allen have a better shot. See the Senate rankings of FiveThirtyEight where Allen helps to bring up the rear.)


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What I'm saying (days later) (0.00 / 0)
Is that his office made efforts to walk back the cat on this one, and this throws all of that away.

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