Brewer Quoted in AP Article on Maine Democrats Selecting Party Leader

The Associated Press quoted Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, in an an article about Maine Democrats preparing to choose a new leader after election losses. Brewer recalled the state’s gubernatorial race between Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler. He said LePage ran on the clear and popular platform of welfare reform, while Michaud’s campaign struggled to define its message “other than that they were not Paul LePage.” The Boston Globe, Portland Press Herald, SFGate and Sun Journal carried the AP report. Brewer also spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “How will Maine Democrats rebound after crushing Election Day defeats?” He said Democrats were hurt this year by some factors outside their control. “There’s a lot they could have done, starting with message. But they couldn’t have made Barack Obama more popular, and they couldn’t get bear-baiting off the ballot,” Brewer said.