Courtney touts Sportsman’s Alliance endorsement; Raye touts non-endorsement as victory

Jon Courtney, the Republican vying to unseat U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree in Maine’s First Congressional District, is the only Maine candidate for federal office this election to receive an endorsement from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.

“Senator Courtney has been a strong voice for the second amendment and Maine sportsmen,” alliance executive director David Trahan said in a statement released by Courtney’s campaign. “The answers in his interview fit perfectly with our mission and we wholeheartedly support his candidacy for the first district.”

In the state’s second district, the alliance made no endorsement, a development Republican challenger Kevin Raye spun as a victory for his campaign. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democratic incumbent, has traditionally received the group’s backing.

“To not endorse a candidate in the Second District race marks a substantial change from the past, when the SAM Board has endorsed Michaud in each of his previous five races,” Raye’s campaign manager, Robert Caverly, said in a statement. “For the first time in his Congressional career, Mike Michaud heads into this election without the endorsement of Maine’s largest sportsmen’s organization.”