Thursday, May 23, 2013
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has written a letter to the chairman of the Republican Governors Association to complain about a tracker who he says lied to him about her identity.
"While I realize that the RGA -- or any other group -- has every right to stalk candidates with a video camera, I have to confess that I find both the practice and this manner of doing so highly objectionable," he said in a statement. "Its only purpose -- starting in March no less -- is to hopefully capture a few seconds of some 'gotcha' moment that can be used in a 30-second negative ad this fall."
A tracker has also been spotted at the State House on occasion, getting footage of Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell, D-Vassalboro.
Trackers aren't new to Maine. A couple of years ago, the Democrats tracked Sen. Susan Collins, R-ME, which led to a funny exchange during a parade.
Cutler said he most objected to the fact that the tracker told him she worked at a deli counter at a Portland supermarket. He called on Republican candidates to "repudiate both this juvenile practice and the RGA's dishonest approach to it."