I've learned that he is considering a run for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District. What's his deal?
I am told if he runs he could be a decent candidate...
Good question....But part of it has to do with his experience as a business person...
So he has not held elective office before, then? The absence of a record could be a good thing.
He is not a candidate. He is exploring a run for the office (like Ethan is).
trader- I do not beleive he has and you are correct in this race that could help a candidate...
(Notice I used the word above- If he were to run)
Dan Schuberth is working on the camapaign.
As is Mike Pajak.
[quote]Dan Schuberth is working on the camapaign. [/quote]
I saw that.
Seems like a very interesting fella...I am looking forward to hearing more about him, I like that letter..
He is very marketable and assuming he can win the nom will give the dem a run for thier money.
Steven- Does he have a website up yet? I didn't see a link to it?
Is he quick enough on hs feet to deal with a media that for the most part will not be friendly?
Is he smart enough and can he access enough money to face the likes of Strimling?
In any case it is encouraging to see a bright new face in the GOP lineup. Let's hope he knows how to run a campaign.
... cannot be Maine's next congressman. We need to rally around a Republican candidate who can win and do all we can to help him.
Maybe this Scontras is that person.
Pingree will be the nominee in CD 1, not Strimling. Discuss his candidacy in Augusta sometime and watch eyes roll, even among the liberal Democrats. He is not well-liked.
He needs to hire Mike Travers as soon as possible. If he does, and listens to him, he wins. If he listens to the GOP "experts", then don't bother. He becomes another, the latest, notch in the Democrat gunbelt. Mark my words.
Bob's regard for Travers is well placed. Mike knows how to communicate with regular folks. And maybe, more importantly, Mike knows how to communicate with the folks who have given up on politics as a waste of their time.
It is very encouraging to see someone like Dean considering running for this seat. I met him at an event not long ago and I was impressed with his intelligence and his ability to communicate. If he decides to run, I don't think he will be an ordinary candidate.
It would be great to have a Rep from Maine who isn't a Democrat, RINO, or spinless woose.
A campaign "on the Travers message" would be a nightmare for the Dems. A former boilermaker union shop steward, he used to specialize in spoiling the boss's lunch break....again and again and again.
We'll see what happens. We'll see if the GOP is smart enough to break the cycle. Otherwise, sit on the deck overlooking the fairway at the Woodlands, tell everyone you are a neighbor to OJ and Jock, sip martinis and cut bond coupons. Don't bother.
Wow! What a great way to wake up after sleeping in on a Saturday!
Republican 2.0 is rather funny I have to say.
Pingree or Strimling.
Take your pick. One [b]"Trust Fund Democrat Liberal"[/b] or the other. Makes no difference.
[b]"A former boilermaker union shop steward....."[/b]
In the interest of accuracy, while I was a Boilermaker for many years, my experience as a shop steward was in the IAMAW while employed at GE's South Portland facility. Those were the days! Good jobs with health insurance were everywhere!
I cant find anything of substance on the guy.
No one can tell me what he does for work or where he works for that matter. All I keep hearing is that he is an executive and lives in York County.
Charlie and Steve are the ones to watch for. If either of them are to enter the race, they would win the nomination.
As for Sen Strimling, he will not win the DEM nomination. He has one to many Democrat foes.
Strimling can pile up lots of votes among his sycophants in Portland and the suburbs. They look upon him as someone who will keep the goodies flowing.
I had the opportunity to hang out with Dean for a while last week. It was the first time I'd met him. He spoke about world events, local issues and well as his concerns about the trend toward legislation that is written to benefit the exception with taxpayer money and government intervention. He cited many examples, and I was pretty impressed with his grasp of the issues and current events in general. I think AMGers and residents of CD1 will like Dean. I know I found him likable, articulate and humble. I would encourage you all to meet him at a get-together in Kennebunk the morning of Saturday, June 30th. I'll post the details here if any are interested.
I had the opportunity to meet Dean at a recent York County Republican Commitee meeting and was very favorably impressed. He is unapologeticly a "conservative" who should appeal to just about everyone outside of the Peoples Republic of Portland. With more and more Republicans acting Like Democrats in Washington he is just the type of person we need.
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007
From: "Chairman Phineas Sprague Sr."
Subject: Dean Scontras for Congress Exploratory Committee!
Contact Team Dean '08
Chairman Phineas Sprague, Sr.
Team Dean '08
21 Wildbrook Rd.
Eliot, Maine 03903
June 15 2007
Dear Concerned Friends,
I am excited to write to say that I have agreed to serve as Chairman of the Dean Scontras for Congress Exploratory Committee. After speaking at length with Dean and his team I am convinced that he has the character and conviction, is a patriotic American and should be chosen to represent Maine's First Congressional District in the United States Congress.
The United States is facing some unprecedented challenges, both internationally and at home. It is imperative that we elect a Congressman who has a solid understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I believe that Dean Scontras has the background to become a Congressman that we can be proud of.
Dean's grandfather immigrated to the United States from Greece. He opened a cobbler shop in Old Orchard Beach back in the days when the big bands performed nightly on the pier. It was understood by the immigrants of the day that the key to unlocking the potential of the American dream was hard work and perseverance.
Dean's grandfather worked hard to run a successful small business while his wife worked as one of the first women employees in the Sanford mill. A generation later Dean's father served honorably in the United States Navy under the command of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, father of the nuclear navy, at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Dean grew up in Kittery and graduated with honors from Traip Academy, earning a football scholarship to play at the University of Maine. Graduating with a double major in Political Science and Public Policy, he went on to pursue a successful career in the information technology industry, helping nurture a number of high-tech companies from infancy to success in the global marketplace. A champion of free-market economics, Dean understands that any business, be it a local pizza parlor or an international technology company, will achieve greater success and provide more benefits to communities and their citizens when they are not inhibited by excessive government regulation.
It is time that we elect a Congressman who has a comprehensive vision for the economic future of Maine's First Congressional District. At a time when Maine's State Government is creating laws hampering business and job creation, and Democrats in Washington are promising to roll back President Bush's historic tax cuts, Maine needs a Congressman who will act as the Chief Development Officer for Maine. Dean will work to keep our tax burden low at the federal level, while encouraging 21st century businesses to relocate in Maine.
I could go on about Dean and why his potential candidacy appeals to me, but I would rather you have the opportunity to meet Dean. We will formally announce the formation of our Exploratory Committee very soon, and have begun a "listening tour" across the First Congressional District. "Team Dean '08" is organizing a number of events across the district; please contact us to host or attend a "listening tour" event in your community.
We have an opportunity to gain an open congressional seat for the first time in over a decade. It is critical that we get behind a candidate that can win. I believe that Dean Scontras can win this seat and I am proud to lend him my support.
Phineas Sprague Sr., Chairman
Dean Scontras for Congress Exploratory Committee
Paid for and Authorized by the Dean Scontras for Congress Exploratory Committee
21 Wildbrook Rd. Eliot, Maine 03903
Not to be to suspicious at this early moment in our quest for a
savior, but when I see P. Sprauge supporting , I say is this the conservative that
meets the litmus tests that will certainly be expected by conservatives?
I keep having thoughts of R. Monks, before he went to the moonbat nation.
[quote]He needs to hire Mike Travers as soon as possible. If he does, and listens to him, he wins...A campaign "on the Travers message" would be a nightmare for the Dems.[/quote]
Im not familiar with Mike or what his message is. Can someone please elaborate?