Baldacci endorses Dill’s U.S. Senate campaign


PORTLAND — State Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, picked up some high-profile support Friday when former Maine Gov. John Baldacci issued a message to Maine Democrats asking them to support Dill’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Baldacci send an email Thursday urging Democrats to support Dill, the Democratic nominee for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat, according to a release issued by Dill’s campaign Friday.

“I’ve known Cynthia for many years, and she’s proven to be a strong advocate for her community, for progressive values and for expanding access to opportunity throughout Maine,” Baldacci wrote.

“Your support matters and can help Cynthia to tell her story,” he wrote. “I hope I can count on you to contribute now. Help elect a new Democratic voice to the United States Senate.”

Dill said the message meant a lot to her and her campaign, and she praised Baldacci’s leadership, saying he, “led the state with honor and dignity during a difficult time.

“Much has been made of the lack of national party support for our campaign of core Democratic values: tax fairness, pay equity, middle-class job expansion and preservation of Medicare and Social Security,” Dill said in a written statement.

“As evidenced by Gov. Baldacci’s gracious note, support for those values is alive and well in Maine and, along with similar support soon to be announced, will carry us to victory in November against the guardians of the status quo.”

Baldacci, a two-term governor also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.