Comments for: Independent Senate candidate Steve Woods says he’ll give Senate salary to Maine charities

Posted Aug. 01, 2012, at 6:07 p.m.

One of the four independents in the race to replace Olympia Snowe in the U.S. Senate said Wednesday he plans on donating his entire Senate salary to Maine charities if he’s elected in November. Steve Woods, chairman of the Yarmouth Town Council and CEO of the Falmouth-based TideSmart Global marketing …

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  • Anonymous

    Okay, so he’s already rich and he’ll make money in other ways while in DC. How would that make him different from any other Senator? This is an empty gesture. 

    • Anonymous

      I disagree completely.  He is not mandated to share $174 k, but is willing to.  That makes him different.

      • Anonymous

        Which is chump change compared to what the federal budget is and compared to what he’ll make through other avenues.

  • How about not receiving a pension or free health care until the budget is balanced?

  • EB

    This is certainly a great gesture! I could see at the
    federal level taking a salary since it takes up a majority of that person’s
    time. Do I think over $100G is necessary? No! At the State level I think all
    politicians should do this! All they need to take is enough for their travel
    expenses. In reality any politician should find it an honor and a privilege to
    have the position they do. Not to just see it as a job and a way to make money.
    It SHOULD be about serving the country, our state, and the people! That is
    rewarding enough in and of itself…Maybe we would even have more caring and
    decent people running the show if they all thought this way!

    • Anonymous

      Dreams from My Father.

    • Jake_OO7

      Lepage said the same thing when running for office, so much for that. 

  • In all honesty I have yet to see any of Woods position’s here or anywhere else for that matter so I can’t really make any decision about his campaign. Given what’s here, the giving of the $ 174k salary sounds nice. But so far that’s all I’ve seen is nice, not anything else. Time to put meat on the table, not the ice water that’s always there.

    • Anonymous

      Mr. Kiernan,

      I share your frustration in regard to not finding my “position’s here or anywhere else…” due to a lack of media coverage – so I suggest that you visit SteveWoods2012.com for more information in regard to my campaign.  And my committment to donate my Senate salary to various Maine groups represents more than a million dollars ($174,000 x six year term.)  My committment is more about the spirit I feel for civic duty than the money itself.  For some, that message might resonate – for others I understand a degree of cynism.

      I believe in our country.  I believe that Maine is the best place to live in the world.  My goal is to work to makes things better – not to waste time or energy identifying what is bad and/or who to blame.

      Thank you sharing your thoughts.

      Respectfully,

      Steve WoodsUnited States Senate Candidate

  • Anonymous

    Sure Steve. Why is it I just don’t believe it. By the way where do you stand on the National Issues instead of talking about your wallet. Do you belong to Romney’s Rich Mans Club? Do you even pay taxes because Romney does not. How many Swiss Bank accounts, Cayman Accounts and Bahama Accts do you have?

    • Anonymous

      Mr. Knightscross – To answer your questions; a visit to stevewoods2012.com will offer information on “where I stand on National Issues,” I am not a supporter of Mitt Romney or any of his “club(s),” I paid approx. 35% of my income in taxes last year (a dollar amount more than all other US Senate Candidates from Maine combined), I have no financial “accounts” outside of the U.S.  And for context, here in Maine, I have hired more people, created more jobs, invested more capital over the last few years than all of the other US Senate Candidates combined.  Whereas Angus King, Charlie Summers and Cynthia Dill all currently cash significant checks from “The State of Maine” – I am the only candidate that writes large checks to “The State of Maine” in the form of taxes and fees. 

      My “stand” on these issues and others are readily available to see, read, support or challenge.  The fact that most media outlets in Maine have chosen to focus on Angus King almost exclusively during this campaign cycle is unfortunate in that it creates a perception for many people that Angus is the sole candidate – a reality that I cannot control.

      Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts and for sharing what appears to be a fair degree of frustration with the process.  It is my genuine belief that I represent a “solution” and not the “problem.”

      Respectfully,

      Steve Woods
      United States Senate Candidate

      • Anonymous

        I thank you for your candid response to my questions. Since you do not have any over seas accounts like Romney and you pay your full share of taxes at 35%  you have my vote. Yes, I will vote for you this fall. I am sorry I put  you in the same company with a Crook and Thief like Romney. I read Romney was elected Governor breaking the law and the Massachusetts Constitution by being a resident of Utah for 2 years. He LIED. He said he lived in Massachusetts when he was living in Utah and filing income taxes in Utah to save tens of thousands of dollars.But what else is new with Romney.The Gaul and crookedness of Romney just  eats at me.   Again, you have my vote Steve.

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