Thursday, September 14, 2006

West End NEWS Demands Public Apology
Local rag called a 'pimp' by Strimling operative

The West End NEWS has informed State Senator Ethan Strimling that it expects a public apology from the Senator’s campaign, after Strimling’s head strategist accused the local newspaper of “pimping” for Strimling’s adversary, Republican David Babin.

In an email sent to the West End NEWS on September 13th, former Strimling campaign manager Corey Hascall, who is currently listed as ‘moderator’ of Fighting for Portland, Strimling’s political action committee, said:

"......I am sure that Ethan will stop telling people that you’re lying about him taking money from Bean’s for political favors when you stop telling people that he’s lying when he says that the reason you pimp so much for Babin is because he buys ads from your paper and Ethan doesn’t."

The issue arose after the West End NEWS learned that Strimling had told one voter, in the course of campaigning, that the paper had been lying about him in connection to a recent controversy in which Strimling had been accused of successfully promoting legislation favorable to Maine retailer L.L. Bean, while opposing a tax break for a Bean competitor. (The story appeared in the September 3 issue of the Portland Press Herald, written by Edward D. Murphy. The West End NEWS did not publish any stories related to the issue.)

Strimling’s opponent in the race for the District 8 State Senate seat, Republican David Babin, has been running a series of controversial political ads in the West End NEWS and other local newspapers, critical of Democratic Party state policies, and supporting more conservative views such as stricter immigration policy. Babin has also been promoting the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) in his advertising.


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