Dale Crafts vies to win back Maine’s 2nd Congressional District for Republicans

Dale Crafts vies to win back Maine’s 2nd Congressional District for Republicans

LISBON, Maine — Republican Dale Crafts wants voters in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District to see him as the candidate of small business as he seeks to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Jared Golden. Crafts has owned several small businesses, including a construction company and self-storage business. He calls himself a “free market guy.” "I can relate to the frustrations they have with overregulation, permits, cost of permits, you know, trying to get a job done and government gets in the way,” Crafts said. The conservative-leaning National Federation of Independent Businesses supports him, as well as members of Maine’s Associated Builders and Contractors. "Dale knows what it’s like to start a small business. He knows what it’s like to take care of his employees. He knows what it’s like to meet a payroll and how hard it is with some of the regulations,” Landry & Sons co-owner Donald Dubuc said. In his challenge to Golden, Crafts has tethered himself to President Donald Trump, including his tax cuts and trade policies. Crafts argues that Golden votes too frequently with his party and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "He’s running as this independent, conservative, but the truth of the matter is Jared votes with Pelosi 89% of the time. He voted to impeach the president, who won the district by 10-plus,” Crafts said. When it comes to health care, Crafts would repeal the Affordable Care Act and reply on private insurance for all. "I don’t want to take health care away from somebody. I […]

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