Dill hoping to capitalize on Democratic committee’s silence

Cynthia Dill hasn’t officially attracted the support of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in her bid for the U.S. Senate.

In fact, it’s been widely reported that the committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, has been silent on whether the committee will throw its support to Dill, as it does with virtually all other Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate. And that silence has caused Republicans to claim that national Democrats have secretly partnered with Angus King.

Last week, Dill told me that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s support wasn’t her top concern as she sets up her campaign operation for the general election.

And this week, Dill is trying to use the fact that she hasn’t attracted the support of the DSCC and “other beltway insiders” to her advantage.

In a fundraising appeal sent to supporters this morning, Dill writes:

Don’t let the DSCC and other beltway insiders decide who Maine’s next United States Senator will be. We know these groups don’t share our ideals and will not fight for working families, small businesses and Maine values.

Dill also uses the appeal to discount recent polling that shows her trailing King and Republican Charlie Summers in the Senate contest. Dill had the support of 9 percent of voters in that poll, commissioned by Boston public radio station WBUR. King’s support level was at 50 percent and Summers’ was at 23 percent. Seventeen percent of voters said they were undecided.

Dill writes:

The polls and the pundits have been wrong at every step of the way about this race and our ability to win.