The Maine Conservative Voice Endorses Dale Crafts

 

Once again the Republican Party has been blessed with a bounty of quality candidates. The three candidates vying for the nomination to represent the GOP, in its quest to retake the 2nd Congressional District, all tower above the current incumbent Democrat, Jared Golden. Golden has served his first term.

Viewed by a majority of CD 2 voters as an interloper, Golden wrested the seat away from Bruce Poliquin through an unconstitutional voting system termed Ranked Choice Voting. Despite having voted overwhelmingly against the RCV, the voters of the CD 2 found themselves being overruled by the votes of the 1st Congressional District. So in essence, the voters of CD 2 find themselves not represented by their majority vote for Bruce Poliquin, but by the result of the will of the voters of CD 1.

This outrage has been followed up by Golden’s constant kowtowing to the whims Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff at the expense of his constituents. The people of the 2nd District are rightfully infuriated. Their anger is palpable.

The time is ripe for a principled leader to come forward and provide representation in Washington that truly represents the people of the 2nd District. The Maine Conservative Voice believes Dale Crafts is that leader. A successful businessman from Lisbon will take the common sense that we treasure here in CD 2, along with a balance the budget business know-how, directly from our front steps to the steps of the legislature in Washington, where it is needed most.

I have had the opportunity to work with Dale Crafts on different issues over the the past few years. He has remained unwavering in his principles. He is steadfastly committed to a government that stays within its means, is frugal with the people’s money, unabashedly pro-life and pro-family, and immovable on 2A issues. Dale is principled, steadfast, reasoned in his approach, and deeply in touch with the people of CD 2. Please join me in voting Dale Crafts for the Republican nomination to represent the 2nd Congressional District in the House of Representatives in Washington D.C.

Andy Torbett

The Maine Conservative Voice

Climbing the Mountain

 

We keep pushing towards that $2000 mark for fund raising. We are getting closer despite some unexpected obstacles. Perhaps we should have expected no less from Facebook.

Yes, we established a social media account to network with some of the conservative social media groups that I have been associated with over the years. Facebook has blocked us from networking with these other groups. Their reasoning is that I am not a “legitimate” candidate.

We explained that we had filed our proper paperwork with the state and have been filing reports…to no avail. Facebook continues to block us from networking or fund raising with any of our conservative allies. Be assured that we will not back down and, yes, we are a legitimate campaign.

I am attempting an end-around to get my messaging out while we wrestle with the giants. We will keep climbing the mountain here in rural Maine to reach our goal before the end of the year. If you would like to help with any donation, please go to torbett4commissioner.com and hit the donate tab or you can send your check to The Committee to Elect Andy Torbett, 107 Buck Rd, Atkinson, ME 04426, attn Mark Kinney Treasurer.

Thank you for all the wonderful support we have received. I hope to see many of you when we start going door to door after the first of the year. Looking forward to victory in the spring and I know I can count on you.

God Bless,

Andy Torbett

Fundraising Update

 

Since we sent out our last fundraising appeal, we have seen a positive response. As I stated, I need to raise $2000 by the first of the year. We have raised about a quarter of that and we are very thankful, but we need to remain focused to raise the rest of the funds before January 1st. This is a bare bones budget to get our campaign materials to pass out door to door and signs for those that want them. We already have requests.

Your donation of any amount helps. Please go to our website torbett4commissioner.com to get more information about us and how to donate. You can also send your donation to The Committee to Elect Andy Torbett 107 Buck Rd Atkinson ME 04426 atten Mark Kinney Treasurer. With your help, I am confident of victory in primary vote in June.

God Bless and a Happy Thanksgiving,

Andy Torbett

A Step Long Overdue

 

For well over a decade, The Maine Conservative Voice has worked to be just that, a conservative voice in the state of Maine. My name is Andy Torbett and I have been The Maine Conservative Voice since its inception. Working with limited means, my limited talents, and outdated decrepit computers, TMCV has somehow been able to have an impact here in rural Maine.

One of our first battles was to bring awareness and fight against Governor Baldacci’s crusade against independent contractors. I also helped to form the Red County Caucus, which was the first Caucus to endorse then candidate Paul LePage for Governor. Later, I would be the state field rep for the NRA-ILA as we joined forces with the Gun Owners of Maine and Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to defeat Bloomberg’s gun control effort, Question 3, in our state.

Along the way, I have used what writing talent I have to try and further conservative ideals and candidates. From time to time fellow activists have encouraged me to run for public office. The timing has never been right.

But now it is. I am announcing my intent to run for County Commissioner in District 2 of Piscataquis County. We have made some unofficial announcements to gauge support and have been encouraged by the positive response.

It has been surprising that some, who I thought were allies, have expressed frustration that I am not running for a more “important” office. I have reasons both personal and philosophical. Let me explain.

The demands of a “higher” office would take me away from my family, business, and ministry in a time when I am needed in those positions consistently. The office of County Commissioner offers the opportunity to have a political impact on my community, while allowing me to remain active in the areas at home that I need to be. But the idea that some would view local government as “lesser” than a state or federal position, shows a fundamental misunderstanding of our Republic and how far we as a people have strayed from the fundamental tenets of local sovereignty.

The spend-thrifty policies at the state and federal level have placed an undue burden on rural Maine. Mandates force the hand of local municipal leaders leaving many rural towns with budgets over leveraged with no room to negotiate to a balanced budget without escalating mil rates. Town after town in Maine are finding themselves with no choice but to deorganize to maintain fiscal solvency.

As the push for small towns to deorganize continues to gain momentum, the role of the Counties will continue to grow. It will be important to have Commissioners who are fiscally conservative to keep a rein on budgets that will have increased demand on them. This is one of the major reasons I am running for commissioner.

I have always had a passion for rural Maine. I love Piscataquis County. I know, that if given the opportunity, I can serve her effectively.

I could use your help. Please consider a donation of any amount to our campaign. You can go to torbett4commissioner.com and learn a little bit more about what we are doing. There is a donate button on the website or you can send your donation to Committee to elect Andy Torbett, 107 Buck Rd, Atkinson, ME, 04426, attention Mark Kinney Treasurer.

I’m looking forward to serving Piscataquis County. With your help we can make it happen. My campaign slogan is Hard Work and Common Sense, which is a tradition in Piscataquis County. Please consider supporting.

Thank you and God Bless!

Andy Torbett