Old votes on guns, taxes dominate second debate between Jared Golden, Dale Crafts

Old votes on guns, taxes dominate second debate between Jared Golden, Dale Crafts

Dale Crafts (left) and Jared Golden are pictured in August 2020. (Natalie Williams | BDN) Gun control and taxes were a main focus of the candidates in the second debate between the candidates in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District on Wednesday as old legislative records came back to the forefront of the race. U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, a freshman Democrat, and former state Rep. Dale Crafts, R-Lisbon, broke little ground on topics such as health care and federal coronavirus relief that have been top ones in a relatively sedate race that Golden has led handily this year after narrowly beating a Republican incumbent in the most expensive race in state history to that point. Gun rights was a major issue in that race, but it has not been this time because there is relatively little daylight between the candidates. Both have favorable ratings from the National Rifle Association — though Crafts secured an endorsement and an A+ rating and Golden has a B — and both received the highest possible grade from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. Their standings have not always been so similar. One key difference was Golden’s vote in the Maine House of Representatives against a 2015 bill that repealed a concealed-handgun permit requirement. Crafts referenced that vote in an effort to paint Golden as an ally of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, whom Golden opposed for speaker in 2019 . “I’m sorry, Jared, but there’s a big contrast between you and I when it comes […]

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