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#1 Dec 05 2012 at 7:13 AM Rating: Good
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I didn't realize this was practiced until the gov started whining about it.

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Lizzy Reinholt, spokeswoman for the Maine Democratic Party, said the party has recorded the governor's events because he has a history of saying things that are untrue. She said the tracker had permission to tape speeches from the Veterans Day event, although the governor's staff had restricted the tracker's access to past events....

...Trackers have been following LePage since he was sworn into office in 2011. They are common now in politics nationwide, and are most often paid for by state or national party groups during election cycles.
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It sounds like the tracking is overt and transparent. Still, it seems a bit over-the-top to have some person from the enemy camp following you around recording all your conversations - even for a governor. The purpose of the tracker isn't to insure that governor doesn't mess up - he does plenty of that with or without the tracker. But the purpose is simply to collect mud for slinging purposes next election. It feels very British.

Despite that, it's really a practice that takes place outside the state house. I can't see where the governor demanding the tracker be called off before he'll do his job is very professional or even, you know - grown up.



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#2 Dec 05 2012 at 8:06 AM Rating: Excellent
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Been going on for a long while. Remember the "Macaca" incident from the 2006 Virginia senate election? He said it to a tracker for the other side.

Don't know how much can be done about it. On one hand, you're right in that the purpose is completely political. On the other hand, neither side is going to give up the chance to catch the opponent saying something dumb so they can put it on YouTube. And even if the two parties "officially" said they wouldn't do it, you just have PACs that'll do it instead.

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#3 Dec 05 2012 at 8:26 AM Rating: Excellent
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Just takes a putz with a cell phone.
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#4 Dec 05 2012 at 8:31 AM Rating: Excellent
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#5 Dec 05 2012 at 9:12 AM Rating: Excellent
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But the purpose is simply to collect mud for slinging purposes next election. It feels very British.

British elections are fucking pattycake compared to the US. I'm struggling to see why it's a bad thing to have someone from the opposition recording statements. If a politician has to say some stupid harmful sh*t, he should have a surrogate to it. As the old expression in Boston politics goes "get a bag man, stupid".
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#6 Dec 06 2012 at 12:36 PM Rating: Good
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I'm struggling to see why it's a bad thing to have someone from the opposition recording statements. If a politician has to say some stupid harmful sh*t, he should have a surrogate to it.
As our dear old governor quoted, "it's vulgar, vicious and vile". I'd put it more in the distasteful column and think it would be nice if it was limited to campaign time but meh. If a political party wants to spend resources on tracking Paul - have at it. The poor tracker made need PTSD treatment afterwards.
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