Mon. May 29th, 2023

Top Democratic lawmakers accused a prominent progressive activist of unsavory political tactics while endorsing his opponent on Wednesday, complicating the party’s primary for an Orono-area Maine Senate seat with less than two weeks until Election Day.

Abe Furth, co-owner of Orono Brewing Company, is facing activist Mike Tipping in the June 14 primary for the new Maine Senate District 8, which spans roughly two dozen towns in Penobscot County, including Orono and Old Town. The primary winner will be the favorite in the general election as Democrats outnumber Republicans in the new district.

Top legislative Democrats, led by Senate President Troy Jackson of Allagash, released a statement on Wednesday endorsing Furth and accusing Tipping of “gutter politics.” It is notable because party leaders rarely endorse in contested legislative primaries here and the leaders alleged Tipping had fabricated endorsements without saying who the fake endorsers were.

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