Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton plans to offer nearly $250,000 to boost turnout in two hotly contested congressional races, including Maine’s 2nd District.
Her campaign manager, Robby Mook, said Monday that Clinton is offering help to U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races across America.
“We think there are opportunities if we tighten our cooperation” and pool resources, Mook said.
The campaign is seeking to boost the fortunes of a couple of dozen Democratic congressional hopefuls, with special emphasis on a Nebraska contest and Emily Cain’s bid in Maine to unseat freshman Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin.
Poliquin spokesman Michael Byerly said the announcement shows that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is “pulling the strings of Emily Cain and doing everything possible to use Cain to get back into power.”
State Republican Party Chairman Jason Savage said Cain “has spent the election cycle falsely saying she opposes out of state corporate and Wall Street money in politics despite the fact that she is raising it by the truck full.
“Now it looks like Emily Cain is about to cash in on some more of that Wall Street and corporate money she is so quick to criticize,” Savage said. “I wonder if it is the same $250,000 that Hillary Clinton collected from Wells Fargo that Emily Cain wouldn’t comment on.”
Mook said that as Donald Trump’s presidential campaign unravels, Clinton intends to do more to boost Democrats into office after the Nov. 8 election.
“Electing a team” is crucial, he said, in order to pursue Clinton’s agenda of creating jobs, getting wages to rise and improving the economy.
While Clinton seeks to bring people together, Mook said, Trump continues to foster division and hate.
Trump “is desperately trying to shift attention from his own disastrous campaign” without success, Mook said. He said the GOP hopeful “is becoming more unhinged by the day.”
Mook said in a conference call with reporters that he expects to see the largest turnout in history this year because of growing enthusiasm for Clinton as the Trump campaign deals with a host of issues, including the tape recording of Trump bragging of his sexually predatory behavior.
He also dismissed Trump’s concerns about potential rigging of the vote.
“This is going to be the easiest, most accessible election in our history,” Mook said.
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