Summers visits Belfast businesses
Republican U.S. Senate candidate and Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers was in Belfast Wednesday evening, July 11, campaigning at several local businesses. He began his "Main Street Walk” with State Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R-District 23, at Dutch Chevrolet before continuing to Quirk Ford.
After visiting the two dealerships, Summers went into downtown Belfast and had dinner at Darby's Restaurant on High Street.
While at Dutch Chevy, Summers met with dealer Greg Dutch, along with other several other employees. Summers credited the auto industry for employing a large number of U.S. workers and said his campaign was focused on jobs and the Maine economy.
"I can reach out to small business," Summers said. "Those are the people I like to talk to. They are the ones creating the jobs."
Summers said that his focus if elected would be on deficit reduction and job creation. He said that federal money sent to any state should be looked at closely; however, he called himself a "true hawk" who would make sure funding was provided to sustain a strong Navy. Many naval vessels are constructed or repaired in shipyards in Bath and Kittery.
Summers, a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, is running to replace Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who is retiring at the end of her 2012 term and is considered a moderate within the Republican Party. Summers faces State Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-District 7, and former Maine Gov. Angus King, an Independent.