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"Dean Scontras (R-ME) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dean Scontras, a Republican vying for Maine’s 1st Congressional District seat, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to 'oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.'"

(6/14/07) [url=http://www.atr.org/content/html/2007/june/061407pr-scontras_pledge.html]...

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I would like to clarify that Dean is [i]considering[/i] a run, and is not a declared candidate at this point. ATR has updated their press release to reflect this...

Dean Scontras (R-ME) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
[url=http://www.atr.org/content/html/2007/june/061407pr-scontras_pledge.html]... candidate signs taxpayer protection pledge[/url].

Dean will be addressing Mr. Norquist's Wednesday Round Table next week.

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Before anybody gets too excited, remember that the Republicans had a candidate with good credentials -- a nurse and businesswoman -- in the last election. Given the conditions at the time, she probably would not have won anyway, but she seemed to disappear during the campaign.

The GOP needs someone with enough energy to get out on the campaign trail early and shake every hand in the district and connect with voters. That's the only way to overcome the money advantage the Ds will likely have.

It can be done. Back in late '50s a Democrat named Clinton Clauson ran against Horace Hildreth for governor of Maine. Clauson, a chiropractor, had little money and was not widely known outside his hometown of Waterville. Hildreth, the Republican, had already served a term as as governor, had a record of accomplishment (The Maine Turnpike) and loads of money, which he spent liberally on media advertising.

Few gave Clauson much of a chance, but he was out on the trail, day after day, meeting as many voters as he could and pressing the flesh relentlessly. He connected with the voters in a way Hildreth could not and won in an major upset.

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Dean presents himself well. I am sure he would do a lot better for Maine than Tom Allen has done.

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MR. SCONTRAS GOES TO WASHINGTON

[color=blue][For a copy of the original e-mail message, complete with photos and updates, PM me with your e-mail address and I will send it along -[i]MWP[/i]][/color]

Fellow Reform-Minded Republicans:

I recently returned from Washington with Ronald Reagan on my mind. Reagan said, "No government has ever voluntarily reduced itself in size." The uncontrollable size of government and the inability of politicians to discourage this gluttony was one of Reagan's motivations to run for Governor of California. It is my motivation to run for Congress as well.

The federal government's appetite is voracious. Read through the appropriations earmarks; you will not believe some of the proposals for spending your hard-earned money. Can you believe that taxpayer money is being appropriated for the cultivation of the perfect Christmas tree? The federal bloating spills well over the beltway into the corridors of consultants and contractors that seek unspent budget money. Our government, to be blunt, has a weight problem.

Lifetime politicians and bureaucrats enable the steady growth of government. After attending many events last week, it is obvious to me that Washington politics is an industry that is entirely unfamiliar to the average American. Government is an industry and Washington is the headquarters. The problem is that our government isn't run like a business. There is no end game, no discernible long-term goals. It is driven by perpetual spending with no real accountability.

The government does not abide by generally accepted accounting principles that businesses are required to adhere to. The federal government mandates regulations on tightly managed private businesses. "Do as I say, not as I do" seems to be the order of the day in Washington.

Frank Sinatra's famous song, "You Go to My Head", accurately describes the "politics as usual" mentality which stifles real reform and real progress both in Washington and in Maine. The power in places like Washington and Augusta go to the heads of our elected officials. Both sides of the aisle suffer from this addiction to taxing and spending.

So, what can we do about it? We can send a reformer to Washington in the spirit of Jimmy Stewart's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." I remember watching the movie some time ago. I've always adored Jimmy Stewart, even naming my dog 'George' after his character in my favorite movie, "It's a Wonderful Life." Jimmy Stewart was a patriotic American actor just like Ronald Reagan. After making "Mr. Smith" he served in WWII along with a number of famous actors and entertainers of his era. Hollywood just doesn't make them like they used to. Can you imagine Alec Baldwin going to serve his country?

In the film, Mr. Smith goes to Washington as a political outsider. He becomes a reform-minded crusader against Washington waste, federal fraud and government corruption. Returning from Washington, I feel akin to Jimmy Stewart's character. Reforming something as monolithic as our federal government will require a strong vision and fresh new ideas. It will require someone from outside the machine.

The Federal government accounts for 20% of the entire United States economy. In Maine, government constitutes a much larger percent of the state economy. There is a reason Congress' approval rating is hovering around 18 percent. It has never been more important that we reduce taxes. It has never been more important that we reduce the size of government. Career politicians, even in our own party, have proven ineffective at doing this. Our bloated government is threatening the very nature of our democracy.

Ronald Reagan, when asked why he was running for office back in 1966 said, "It is high time that more people from the rank and file of the citizenry involve themselves so that we can have government of and by, as well as for the people." It is time we send a real reformer to Washington.

Sincerely,

Dean Scontras

[size=9]Paid for and Authorized by the Dean Scontras for Congress Exploratory Committee, 21 Wildbrook Rd., Eliot, Maine 03903[/size]

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Whomever wrote that ought to get a tutor

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[quote="mediadog"]Before anybody gets too excited, remember that the Republicans had a candidate with good credentials -- a nurse and businesswoman -- in the last election. Given the conditions at the time, she probably would not have won anyway, but she seemed to disappear during the campaign.

The GOP needs someone with enough energy to get out on the campaign trail early and shake every hand in the district and connect with voters. That's the only way to overcome the money advantage the Ds will likely have.
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I worked on Darlene's campaign, even walking with her in Bristol's parade, and she deserved to win. She was out there busting her bum to get votes. I was shocked she didn't win.
I have met Dean, he is nice, but then so is Darlene. Maine is so blue I wonder how these candidates steel themselves for the attacks.

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I like what Dean says and what I hear about him.

He needs to read "Breach of Trust" by Tom Coburn, who went to Washington similarly motivated to do the right thing. The book tells about his experiences, including working with Newt, Dick Armey, etc.

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[quote="trader111"]Im not familiar with Mike or what his message is. Can someone please elaborate?[/quote]

Mike Travers is an AMG member.

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Mike Travers is an aging icon of the political battleground of the last century.

He is one of the last believers in the quaint notion that a candidate should actually give voters a reason to support him/her. He goes so far as to suggest there should actually be a campaign sales strategy to be applied, something that grabs the "client's" attention.

While I have not stated this very well, I agree completely with his antiquated views. I suppose that's why I'm just some schlub from Cumberland Cty.

I have dashed off several notes on the inserts in National Republican solicitations in recent weeks, telling them that the Republican Party is in the process of embarrassing itself out of existence. Without a party to support, there is no frame of reference. No grounds for loyalty, donations, or hard work.

I suppose that's OK for many. I suppose it's OK that virtually no candidate shows his party affiliation on campaign signs or literature. But what does that tell you about commitment to unwavering fundamentals and principles?

Some of us still believe there is room for a broader, coherent set of principles on which to campaign, instead of a random motion, who has the best hair and pandering approach.

I'm not sure what the causalities are here...I haven't given it much thought. What I do know is that I don't feel much of an affiliation with any "larger purpose" in the political domain. Because there doesn't seem to be one.

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And yet another.

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[quote]I suppose that's OK for many. I suppose it's OK that virtually no candidate shows his party affiliation on campaign signs or literature. But what does that tell you about commitment to unwavering fundamentals and principles?

Some of us still believe there is room for a broader, coherent set of principles on which to campaign, instead of a random motion, who has the best hair and pandering approach.[/quote]

Thanks Mel,

Dean is a leader. Unapologetic about his traditional republican values formed in the spirit of Lincoln and Reagan, this is what separates him from any other candidate we’ve seen in the last 10 years.
When the time to vote comes, the electorate will be voting on clear differences in the candidates’ values, not managed nuances and pandering.
Please take the opportunity to hear him speak as he traverses the first congressional district.

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Dean might be a nice guy and all that, but I'm supporting Charlie Summers. He is a better candidate.

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I like all four of the candidates who have expressed interest.

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I havent heard any compelling reason to look at Dean. I am sure he is a nice guy, but what about him makes him qualified to be a congressman? Why should I take time on a weekend to listen to him speak?
I dont care that he is a nice guy, they all are when the run...

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That's how I feel Peter. I get the impression that he has money and he is paying all these people to be on his campaign team and push his name, but I need to know more about him. He needs to earn my vote.

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When I come back to Maine after Senator Brownback wins the Ames straw I plan to sit down with Dean to find out some more about him, so far I like what I hear plus he is someone who hasn't been an established "politician" and he has real experience in the business world...Peter needs to get his head of the sand and be willing to go out and listen to him...The point is if you don't know alot about him to go learn more about him not stay indoors and say he doesn't excite me...

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[quote="Peter"]I havent heard any compelling reason to look at Dean. I am sure he is a nice guy, but what about him makes him qualified to be a congressman? Why should I take time on a weekend to listen to him speak? [/quote]

At this point in the process, how are you going to learn about him -- or any canidate -- if you do not take time to listen to him speak?

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Tell me something about him.
What does he do for work? What company does he work for?
I keep reading that he is an executive although I also hear that that is a stretch.

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He doesn't even have a website set up. All I can find about him is that he signed a "Taxpayer Protection Pledge". So what. Where does he stand on the two biggest issues right now? The war in Iraq / War on Terror, and Immigration?

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I would suggest that he is not ready for prime time or he is getting bad advice if that is all he has up on a web page.

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"A Next Generation Republican". What does that mean? Fiscally conservative, socially liberal?

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[quote="Apollo"]Dean might be a nice guy and all that, but I'm supporting Charlie Summers. He is a better candidate.[/quote]

What do you base that opinion on? His two previous loses?

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[quote="Apollo"]"A Next Generation Republican". What does that mean? Fiscally conservative, socially liberal?[/quote]

Talk about socially liberal the guy is a pro-abort....

If there is a primary the pro-life candidate will get my vote...

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GOPCS..
Nowadays, being Pro life means letting the States put restrictions n abortions but ultimately the women decide.

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[quote="Peter"]GOPCS..
Nowadays, being Pro life means letting the States put restrictions n abortions but ultimately the women decide.[/quote]

Thats sick and is meant for political cover....Why would anyone want a women to kill an innocent unborn child...Not me!!! The federal government CAN take leadership on this issue and it is not just a state issue..In other words it is time for a Human Life Amendment to the The US Constitution after we overturn Roe vs. Wade...

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I think Darlene Curley had as good credentials as any of the Republicans who are thinking of running in '08. She appeared to be the kind of candidate who has been very successful in Maine politics.

But somehow Curley did not project to the voters. Whether it was because of money, poor advice or a lack of willingness to bust her butt in the trenches day after day I don't know. I do know I never saw her. My suspicion is she was the victim of faulty strategy, but in any case her campaign started too late, lacked both intensity and innovation and never got traction. Her defeat contains a lesson for Republicans in the 1st District.

Curley failed to connect with the voters. The GOP needs someone now who does. And, IMO, someone willing to hit the hustings right away and continue to wage an innovative and energetic campaign from now through the primary and on to election day, without a letup.

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GOPCS...
Then there are the PRO LIFERS who don't think it should illegal to perform or have an abortion.

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I met him, and I'll be supporting him based on my conversation with him, and his talk followed by a Q&A at Kennebunk last Saturday. I won't presume to speak for him; I'll let him or his campaign staff do that. I will say that it's pretty pointless at this time to split into factions and start beating up potential candidates, especially before they've even announced. It's a pretty tough standard to expect someone to have a perfect website up before they even explore the possibility of running for office.
One plus for me was the lack of prior political office. I don't want to get into it more than that, because I don't want to appear to be denigrating any other candidates [except the avowed Socialists competing for the Dem nomination]. One side effect of being a newcomer though, is that probably most of the experienced media people, money raising people, etc. have already gravitated to the "names". That virtually guarantees a period of adjustment in the beginning months of the campaign while he shapes his team. I'll suggest that how well he does in managing the transition will speak a great deal about his potential.
Now go out and speak ill of some Democrats, will you?

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