Maine candidate breaks ankle in campaign misstep

Posted Sept. 16, 2010, at 7:53 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — For political candidates, a campaign misstep can be painful. A Maine candidate’s misstep led to pain — and a broken ankle.

Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion, who’s running for the Legislature, took a tumble after a door mat slipped out from under him three weeks ago at a supporter’s home.

He tells the Portland Press Herald that he continued going door to door collecting signatures and donations to become a Clean Election candidate for House District 113 until the pain became too much. That’s when he had an x-ray which revealed that his right ankle had two breaks.

His wife served as pinch-hitter, going door to door while he wore an immobilizer boot. He says she met the deadline for signatures and donations.