Playing a numbers game

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A poll released by one Republican candidate for governor has another a little steamed.

Last week, state Sen. Peter Mills, R-Skowhegan, released a poll showing that most Republican voters were undecided between himself and state Sen. Chandler Woodcock and former U.S. Rep. Dave Emery.

The poll also showed Emery and Mills with a slight advantage in name recognition over Woodcock.

Chris Jackson, Woodcock’s campaign manager, said the high number of undecided voters matches what he’s seeing in the race, but that the other numbers shouldn’t be trusted.

“Through some kind of dumb luck, I happened to be one of the 400 registered Republicans polled last week. I think it was Peter Mills’ poll,” Jackson said. “The poll mischaracterized Chandler, and questions were meant to push people away from recognizing him.”

Online Q&A

GOP gubernatorial candidate Peter Mills broadcast a live question-and-answer session over the Internet May 23.

According to the campaign, more than 150 people tuned in to the “Wireside Chat,” and more than 400 have downloaded audio from the session.

Mills’ answers can be download individually from the Web site, www.millsforgovernor.com. The candidate addressed questions on 41 different topics, including one on how best to use the state’s projected surplus that was submitted by the Sun Journal.

Local calling, everywhere

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Jean Hay Bright, a candidate in the Democratic primary to take on U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, has a new campaign Web site, www.jeahhaybright.us.

“We’re trying to make it easier for people to find information,” said David Bright, the husband of the candidate and her campaign manager. “The look and feel of it is a lot different. It’s a lot cleaner design.”

On the site, the campaign lists a virtual panoply of telephone numbers. There are local numbers for Dixmont, Bangor, Augusta, Lewiston, Portland, Biddeford and Washington, D.C. The campaign, which is running on a tight budget, doesn’t have offices scattered about. Instead, their using Voice-of-Internet Protocol to keep callers from running up their phone bill contacting the campaign.

The technology allows all the calls to be routed anywhere the campaign likes by using the Internet. For the time being, that means they all go to Hay Bright central – the candidate’s Dixmont home.

Hay Bright is running against Bangor attorney Eric Mehnert in the June 13 Democratic primary.

Team Michaud

Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, who’s running for his third term representing Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, has introduced his campaign team, which includes some big guns in political consulting circles.

Tom Oppel of All Points Communications will handle paid media. In 2005, Oppel worked for Leslie Byrne, an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia. He’s also worked for other Democratic congressional candidates.

Bob Doyle and Lindsay Angerholzer, Sutter’s Mill Fundraising and Strategy, are the general strategists and fundraising consultants.

David Petts and Jill Normington of Bennett, Petts & Blumenthal, are doing polling and have worked for U.S. Rep. Tom Allen in Maine’s 1st Congressional District.

Jonathan Karush of Liberty Concepts is managing the campaign’s Internet efforts.

Michaud is being challenged by former Lisbon Falls Selectman Scott D’Amboise, who’s campaign Web site can be viewed at www.damboiseforcongress.com.

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