[quote="Peter"]I havent heard any compelling reason to look at Dean. Why should I take time on a weekend to listen to him speak? ...[/quote]
Maybe that would be a good way to find out for yourself instead of depending upon someone else to tell you what he has to say. I listened to him and asked him some pointed questions. He answered them all. I don't live in the district, but I recommend taking the time to hear him.
My point is that all the emails , press releases etc are all fluff.
Nothing that has grabbed my attention and made me think..this guy could be interesting
mediadog, concerning Curley, I remember that she publicly attacked Bush on something, though I don't remember what the issue was, and a lot of Republicans didn't like it. After that, Republicans weren't enthusiastic about working for her and she couldn't raise much money.
[quote]Now go out and speak ill of some Democrats, will you[/quote]
Way to keep us focused on the prize Mike.
[quote]Talk about socially liberal the guy is a pro-abort.... [/quote]
Wrong. He's pro-life...
Peter, drop me a PM with your e-mail and I'll tell you when the next event is once it is announced.
Kevin- I was speaking about Charlie Summers not Dean..I know that Dean is pro-life...Because I know the people that are behind him...
[quote]Kevin- I was speaking about Charlie Summers not Dean..I know that Dean is pro-life...Because I know the people that are behind him...[/quote]
My bad, Sorry I though this was the Dean Scontras thread.
see bump below...
[quote][b]Area Republicans to Meet Congressional Candidates[/b]
By Saco Republican Committee
SACO: Area Republicans are invited to attend a joint meeting of the Saco Republican Committee and the Old Orchard Beach Republican Committee on Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at the Dyer Library on Main Street in Saco.
Dean Scontras, John Courtney and Charlie Summers (who will be represented by his wife Ruth) are all vying for the opportunity to fill the seat currently held by 1st District Congressman Tom Allen.
If you are tired of the â€œbusiness as usualâ€ that has been going on in Washington D.C. for far too long, with little or nothing getting accomplished, come and hear what these candidates have to offer to make government better.
This meeting will also give you the opportunity to share your views, outlining what you expect from your representative in Congress.
Call 229-3516 for more information.
From the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 36 (formerly exit 5) onto Route 195. Take Exit 2A - Route 1 South (Main Street). The museum/library is about 8/10 of a mile down Main Street. Pass Thornton Academy (on your right). The Saco Museum/Dyer Library is on the left. Turn left into the parking lot - the museum is on the left, the library on the right.[/quote]
It would be tough for my opinion of Congress to get much lower, but any of the Democrat's candidates winning this election could do it.
For Immediate Release:
[b] Dean Scontras Comments on Congress' Record Low Approval Rating
18% Approval Rating Signals a Need for Real Reform in Washington[/b]
Eliot, Maine -1st District Congressional Candidate Dean Scontras commented today on the historic low rate of approval that the United States Congress received from Americans in a recent [url=http://www.galluppoll.com/content/?ci=28456]Gallup Poll[/url]. According to the poll conducted from August 13-16, just 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, the lowest Congressional approval rating recorded since Gallup began tracking the public's opinion of Congress in 1974.
"These numbers concur with everything I have been hearing from Mainers on the campaign trail," said Scontras. "Citizens of the 1st Congressional District and all across America are fed up with the 'business as usual' attitude in government, and are looking for a bold new type of leadership to emerge from within the citizenry to get America back on track."
This all-time low rate of approval is even lower than the 21% approval rating received by the outgoing Republican Majority Congress in December of last year. After an election that many interpreted to be a referendum on the Republican leadership, these recent numbers reveal that public discontent with the federal government moves well across party lines.
"There has never been a more important time for political outsiders, members of the rank and file of the citizenry as Ronald Reagan called them, to get involved in the political process. Maine needs a Congressman who understands that the best solutions to our most pressing problems come from Maine's citizens themselves, not from career politicians and government bureaucrats. That is why I am running for Congress," concluded Scontras.
Dean Scontras is a third generation Mainer who resides in Eliot with his wife Dawn and two children, Jack and Zoe. A graduate of the University of Maine, Dean has built a successful business career in information technology over the past fifteen years.
To view the full Gallup Poll results, visit http://www.galluppoll.com/content/?ci=28456.
For more information about the Dean Scontras for Congress Committee, please visit www.teamdean08.com, or e-mail Dean directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paid for and Authorized by the Dean Scontras for Congress Committee, PO Box 15418, Portland, Maine 03903.
If Mike Pajak is working with Dean Scontras - he's worth a look! :D
Photos to follow at www.teamdean08.com:
DIARY ENTRY â€“ August 27, 2007[/b]
My apologies to Bill Chapman and the Knox County GOP Committee. I was scheduled to visit the Union Fair Saturday, but another event ended up consuming the entire day. I swung by Kennebunkport early Saturday on my way to Union to say hello to Byron Grant and lend some support to the Gathering of Eagles. For those not familiar with GOE, they are American Veterans who stand in support of the fallen and those on active duty by standing in quiet dignity, offering silent opposition to the professional anti-war activists that routinely protest around the country. I was looking forward to meeting Bill Scarborough and the folks who were setting up around Walkerâ€™s Point to â€œwelcomeâ€ Cindy Sheehan and her minions. As events progressed, it quickly became apparent that I couldnâ€™t leave. It was important that I stand shoulder to shoulder with those committed to the cause. I grabbed my sign and waited in the August heat for the protestors to approach. They eventually arrived, like some kind of angry circus.
I was shocked at what I saw and heard. There were some in the Sheehan/Kucinich crowd that were civilized in their civil disobedience. They should be commended and respected for exercising their freedom of speech. Peaceful protestors, however, seemed few and far between. The group that approached us at Walkerâ€™s Point was rowdy, raucous and rude. On more than one occasion they invaded peopleâ€™s personal space as they sought to provoke an irrational response. I am proud to say that not once did any of the men and women I stood with stoop to the level of the protestors. They were deliberately attempting to incite violent confrontation, and we refused to take the bait. We stood proudly and silently with our signs knowing full well that a dialogue with these people was not possible. One young man chastised, teased and ridiculed the young and the old among us as he clanged some kind of instrument. He made profane comments about our children, our spouses and our lives in general. He was pejorative and presumptive about who he thought we were. He was brash, insulting and seemingly without remorse. I couldnâ€™t help but consider the irony of his comments, how steeped in his own biases they were. The media accounts of the day suspiciously neglected to mention the aggressive bent of the protestors. What I witnessed will forever stay indelibly etched in my mind.
On our walk back to our vehicles one protester insulted and badgered a 15-year old girl who attended the counter protest with us. Of special note was the colorfully, inflamed speech of one of the groupâ€™s â€œgrannies.â€ She had a mouth that would make a sailor blush and the lungs of a lumberjack. She was loud, boisterous and unapologetically vulgar as she dropped multiple four-letter remarks in sequence. She's lucky my father wasnâ€™t around to hear her! Another â€œhighlightâ€ was the chant lead by the folks from the "Socialist Party of Massachusetts" - â€œFight the rich, not the war! Fight the rich, not the war!"
The motivation of these folks is perplexing. The war seems to give them an opportunity to promote all their other Anti-American views. In that regard it seems politically disingenuous and intellectually dishonest in so many ways. They do not seem able or willing to participate in a dialogue about national security. Instead, these folks are simple contrarians, seeking to deconstruct freedom and capitalism one step at a time. In attendance were many different fringe groups, demanding everything from impeachment to socialism. Quite a colorful spectrum of groups that range from the anti-globalization coalition to the so-called â€œ9/11 Professors for Truth.â€ They offer a startling contrast to mainstream Americans, those of us that are pro-family, pro-business, pro-America. These folks are not. The contrast was palpable. It is radically different from what we know and love.
I would encourage everybody to participate in a Gathering of Eagles counter-protest so you can see for yourself. If you are like me, you will leave more motivated.
Many thanks to those who turned out and stood with us - Mr. Byron Grant and the 'Gathering Eagles', Mr. Bill Scarborough, Gary and Trish Koch and their two daughters, (Gary was featured on the front of the Portland paper yesterday!) Ignacio and Nancy Sosa and their son Nick, Jens Bergen, Jane Faulkner and the ever reliable and able counter-protester Dan Schuberth.
Good to see someone willing to stand up to the anti-American left!
How come no one got a picture of the Socialist Party of Massachusetts member with the button supporting a certain nameless, unnannounced Congressional candidate?
[url=http://teamdean08.com/diary.html][b]ENTRY DATE September 4, 2007[/b][/url]
I met with the Maine College Republicans this past Saturday. It was a meeting I was looking forward to, as many of the issues surrounding them and their parents are close to my heart. Where are they going to work when they graduate? What are they going to do? How can they help shape next generation Republican politics in Maine? In 1991 I graduated from the University of Maine and reluctantly had to leave for greener economic pastures. It is important that our next congressional candidate understand the new economy and the issues surrounding globalization, technology and the emerging workforce. I believe it is incumbent upon the Party at the state level and the national level to tap into the energy of youth and fully involve them in the activities of the Party...
[url=http://teamdean08.com/diary.html][u][b]ENTRY DATE September 13, 2007[/b][/u][/url]
Over the last several months on the campaign trail I have frequently been asked about Iraq. My response has been consistent. The Iraq study group, a bipartisan group, has outlined a strategy in Iraq. The president has been slow to adopt those findings, but nonetheless he has. One of the findings suggested that if the commanders recommended a â€˜surgeâ€™ he should listen. The commanders requested a surge, and the President responded. Along the way I have also suggested that Congress should not make military decisions. Our military leaders should do that. While I believe that the military should be managed, I know that it should not be micro-managed. Finally, I have been very clear, stating on more than a few occasions that we should wait and see what Petraeus and Crocker say upon in September. Well, this week they spoke. I agree entirely with their findings, and believe that the primary reason for the vocal questioning of their findings is political.
[url=http://teamdean08.com/diary.html]Read full entry[/url]
Dean's diary offers a unique opportunity in which gives me the kind of feeling that he thinks through everything before he makes up his mind. His ability to put a vision to solve a problem in words you and I can understand is in my mind very good from what I have read so far. Whether or not this works in Maine's 1st District is yet to be seen but I think it is something voters will look at as a check mark in the positive section for Dean. Combine that with a real fire in his belly to do what it takes in order to win and you have got a one of a kind candidate here.
Watchdog- Very nice video...Good work..
[url=http://teamdean08.com/diary.html]DIARY ENTRY, SEPT 21[/url]
Those of you following the 1st District Congressional race know that last week four candidates participated in the first candidateâ€™s forum. Sponsored by the Sanford VFW, the event took take place the day following the delivery of the Petraeus/Crocker reports on Capitol Hill. This was a unique forum as it included two Republican candidates and two Democrat candidates...
After that evening it was very apparent to me how important it is for the Republican Party to nominate a candidate who knows the issues inside and out. While we did not get to hear the entire Democrat field last week, the two that we heard from are well versed on the issues, articulate, and passionate in their delivery. If we are going to return a Republican to this seat, we will need a candidate who can match and exceed the presentation expected from the other side of the aisle.
...in a blind taste test I believe that Americans overwhelmingly align themselves with conservative principles, by which I mean they simply prefer permanent things to chaos. In our rapidly changing world, it is all too easy to trample on traditions. Yet some of our traditions must be preserved, like our national preference for small government. There is a very real danger of government consuming our culture. It would be a sad irony if a nation founded on the principles of smaller government were to collapse under the weight of its own government. With Republican 2.0, I hope to develop a means of stemming this unchecked government growth...
The Democrats that participated in the Sanford forum had a firm grasp of the issues, and their messages were well-rehearsed. Though I disagree with them on practically every issue, I have to concede that they were smart and savvy on the issues. However, all of their ideas involve a government solution, not a private enterprise solution. A failure to run a candidate who can take them on with equal and opposite force will only contribute to the unchecked growth of government. Let's not let MoveOn.org move in on Maine....
October 5th 2007
Release No. 07-03
Contact: Michael Pajak, 207-807-0994, email@example.com
For Immediate Release:
1st District Congressional Candidate Dean Scontras Announces 3rd Quarter Fundraising Results[/b]
Eliot, Maine - Republican 1st District Congressional candidate Dean Scontras announced today that his campaign received approximately $92,000 in contributions from July 12th to September 30th of 2007. The Dean Scontras for Congress Committee received contributions from 267 individuals representing all six counties in Maine's 1st Congressional District.
"I am very pleased with the results," commented Scontras. "This is my first time out, and with no prior fundraising list and no base of support from a previous campaign, our early progress has exceeded my expectations."
"I am most proud of the breadth of support I have received," continued Scontras. "I've received contributions from sitting and retired legislators, current and former town, county and state party chairs, registered Democrats, Republicans and Independents, people who haven't voted in a long time, and folks who have never voted or donated to a political campaign before."
"There seems to be a real appetite for a reform-minded political outsider in the 1st District, someone who will listen to what Mainers are saying more than they will talk. I understand that the best solutions to the problems facing Maine and America come from Maine's citizens and not from career politicians or Washington bureaucrats," concluded Scontras.
One of the most exciting aspects of Dean's fundraising report is the high percentage of on-line donations received by the campaign. 46% of Dean's campaign contributions were made on-line through the campaign's official website, http://www.teamdean08.com.
"We set out to have the website serve as the central nervous system for the campaign," said campaign manager Mike Pajak, "and we make sure that the site is updated constantly to reflect the high level of energy, enthusiasm and activity that Dean brings to the effort. This is Republican 2.0!"
TeamDean08.com has received more than 16,000 unique visits since its launch on July 12th and over 3,000 people have signed up to receive our campaign updates. Hundreds of folks who have not yet had the opportunity to meet Dean have learned about his candidacy by watching some of his speeches on our YouTube Channel. Dean's message about the need for a reform-minded political outsider is resonating with the people he meets. This quarter's fundraising results reflect that," concluded Pajak.
Dean will file his official 3rd Quarter report prior to the October 15th deadline mandated by the Federal Elections Commission.
To read Dean's perspective on his Third Quarter Fundraising Report, log on to Dean's Diary.
Dean will drop by the WLOB studios at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow to discuss, among other things, the fund raising quarter and the upcoming Maine Right to Life convention, at which Ray is a scheduled speaker and the Scontras campaign is a sponsor.
Cool, will give me something to watch this morning!
Go Team Dean! D
Dean on WLOB this morning announced that his actual numbers will be over $100,000 shock
Seems to me Dean Scontras has the fire in the belly people are looking for...
[url=http://teamdean08.com/diary.html]ENTRY DATE October 18, 2007[/url]
As expected, the President vetoed the SCHIP bill. As expected, the Democrats found some victims to parade in front of the public to promote their cause, in an effort to override the veto. Health care is a big issue, a really big issue. More so, itâ€™s an emotional issue. For purposes that have nothing to do with providing health care for poor children, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are totally misrepresenting the issue.
Dean is scheduled to be at the Maine Right to Life Convention today D
Will see you all there hopefully...if you make it..
[url=http://teamdean08.com/diary.html]ENTRY DATE October 24, 2007[/url]
[b]The Case For Free Market Solutions[/b]
Recently I have found myself arguing with many Democrats and even some Republicans about social welfare programs. I present free market solutions and they....well they find victims and parade them in front of the cameras, then rush to institute ever more social welfare programs while the tears are still in the publicâ€™s eyes. I used to do this with my mom as a child. Play the hurt victim and ask for a treat while her sympathy was high; worked every time. â€œHow can I demonstrate the superiority of free market solutions?â€ I asked myself. Iâ€™ve found a very unlikely ally in this mission - France.
I would be willing to support Mr. Scontras in regards to his domestic policy ideas. But as someone who offers Ronald Reagan as a model of himself, I wish more consideration were given to the withdrawl of US forces from Lebanon due to the "irrationality of mid-east politics". There is a strong tradition of being anti-war in the Republican party, and it's time to stop and consider if we are really on the best path.
Have we overreacted since 9/11, and perhaps might we be better off to reconsider some of the decisions made in context of what we know now and choose a different course?