Members of the press,
Sara Gideon is the Democratic nominee. Here’s why she didn’t win the primary:
She didn’t win by out-debating her opponents. In fact, she skipped debates with multiple news organizations.
She didn’t win because she worked harder. In fact, the Legislature has been out of session for 119 days during a pandemic.
She didn’t win by telling the truth. Three separate national fact-checkers have declared Gideon’s ads false.
She didn’t win because she had a record of accomplishment. Gideon’s legislature has singularly failed to address coronavirus, the most pressing health and economic crisis the state has faced in generations.
She didn’t win because she answered policy questions. In fact, she rarely talks about policy at all.
She didn’t win because of her accessibility to reporters. She has repeatedly avoided interviews. In fact, she dodged a WMTW interview request within the last 48 hours.
So here’s why Sara Gideon is the primary nominee:
Sara Gideon has accepted more out-of-state money than any candidate has ever accepted in Maine history, and it has gone straight to her campaign’s bank on K Street in Washington, DC.
It’s that simple: DC Democrats picked Maine’s Democratic nominee, not Mainers. And they did it by burying the state under an unprecedented tsunami of money.