We are all fortunate that Tom Allen, the U.S. representative for Maine in the 1st Congressional District, is running for the U.S. Senate in 2008. Our support for him will mean a fresh progressive face in a legislative body that needs vigor and wisdom that can be found in the brilliant young men and women now ascending to political leadership. Allen’s entry in the race brings to mind the vast experience and moral and intellectual qualities for which Maine has become renowned – Margaret Chase Smith, Edmund Muskie, George Mitchell are examples.
Relevant to the forthcoming campaign for the election in 2008 are three dominant issues at this time: the resolution in 2002 authorizing the war in Iraq; the string of President Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans; and the confirmation of nearly all of the president’s radical judges, including Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito.
Tom Allen voted against the first two issues and spoke against the judicial appointments. His opponent in the 2008 election, incumbent Sen. Susan Collins, voted for all.
Tom Allen’s liberal stands on other major issues, such as universal health care, immigration reform, climate change and the environment, are, with rare exceptions, in vivid contrast to his opponent’s positions.
I urge all Maine voters to attend carefully to the 2008 national and state political campaigns. Such attention should lead to the election of Tom Allen to the U.S. Senate.