SOUTH PORTLAND (Sep 15, 2005): Republican Peter Cianchette began his campaign for governor Tuesday, with rallies in Bangor, Lewiston and South Portland.
Cianchette, a South Portland resident who in the past represented the city in the Maine House, lost to Democrat John Baldacci in 2000, and is up against state Sen. Peter Mills, who is also seeking the Republican nod to challenge Baldacci.
Cianchette’s South Portland kickoff was attended by several local Republican leaders, including Rep. Darlene Curley, R-Scarborough, who has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for governor; Cape Elizabeth Town Councilor Paul McKenney, who failed to unseat Sen. Lynn Bromley, D-South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough, in 2004; and Paul Nixon, who did challenged Rep. Larry Bliss, D-South Portland, in 2004 and lost. Nixon also withdrew his name from consideration for the South Portland City Council Monday.
He was introduced by his wife, Carolyn, who works as the executive director for communication and development at Southern Maine Community College.
Peter Cianchette, who was the Maine chairman of the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004 (Maine went for challenger John Kerry), and the Maine national committeeman for the Republican Party, came out firing against Baldacci, saying the governor increased Maine’s tax burden, raised health care costs and failed to lead in a time of great challenges in state government.
Cianchette laid out eight points he wants to work on if elected: improving Maine’s business climate, making government more efficient, limiting state spending, passing on additional state school spending to local taxpayers, rewriting the income and sales tax laws, revitalizing the health insurance market, improving educational accountability, and regionalizing local government.
He said he will spend time focusing on each of those issues, starting with educational accountability for the rest of September, and moving on to the economy for October, and spending a month on each of the other issues as well.