PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — After making nice at the GOP state convention, gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Poliquin has taken off the gloves with a hard-hitting television ad targeting Les Otten.
The advertisement that began airing Monday focuses on Otten's management of American Skiing Co., which grew to national prominence but later failed under a mountain of debt.
Poliquin is defending the ad, which ends with a tag line, "Les Otten, Less jobs." Poliquin's spokesman Brian Phillips says the goal was to tell the truth about Otten's business record.
Otten, who has touted his business record, has made jobs the focus of his campaign.
He said Monday he's disappointed that Poliquin went on the attack after criticizing an earlier attack ad. He says Poliquin's ad is filled with falsehoods and inaccuracies.