Members of the press,
We hear a lot about negative advertising (most of it negative) on TV from pundits, news stories, and voters.
But the question of who is running a more negative campaign on the airwaves has been largely unexplored. Fortunately, you have me to do some preliminary research for you.
By my count (see below), Republicans in the gubernatorial race have put out 9 positive, 1 contrast, and 2 negative TV ads. From what I can tell, Gov. LePage's campaign has not produced a single negative or even contrast ad.
(I'm counting a contrast ad as one that spends at least 1/3 of its time on a negative message.)
Congressman Michaud and his allies, on the other hand, have produced 4 positive, 4 contrast, and 6 negative TV ads. One of the negative ads and two of the contrast ads came from Michaud himself.
GOP: 9 Positive; 3 Negative/Contrast
Dems: 4 Positive; 10 Negative/Contrast
The Pan Atlantic poll conducted Sept. 23-29 found that 55 percent of Mainers approve of Gov. LePage's policies (see page 24). That makes it very easy to be positive about Gov. Lepage's record. Congressman Michaud, on the other hand, has been evasive and unspecific about his policy proposals.
Maine GOP Comment: "While career politician Michael Michaud's support of taxing Social Security and giving welfare to illegal immigrants are certainly worthy of criticism, Gov. LePage has more of a record after four years in office than Rep. Michaud does after 34. From paying off Maine's hospital debt to reforming welfare, Gov. LePage has a record Mainers can be proud of. Democrats are relying more heavily on attacks because Michael Michaud simply doesn't have a record of leadership worth touting, a fact made abundantly clear throughout the recent debates." -Communications Director David Sorensen
No Turning Back
Honor Our Veterans
Benefits & Bonuses
Open for Business
Working for Maine
Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund
Made in Maine
Sit Down Together
P.S. ICYMI - Check out the RGA's latest positive TV ad, "Open for Business," featuring an Independent businesswoman from Scarborough praising the Governor's regulatory reform efforts.