In TV debut, Cain goes positive

In her first TV ad, state Sen. Emily Cain, the Democratic candidate for Maine’s congressional district, emphasized her willingness to work across the aisle saying she’ll “work with anyone and everyone to get things done.”

The 30-second ad, which was released Wednesday, is mainly positive. Against a backdrop of soft music and shots of Cain smiling with people of varying ages, Cain says she would vote to raise the minimum wage, invest in small businesses and makes sure kids can afford college.

In what could be construed as the only stab at Bruce Poliquin, Cain’s Republican opponent, Cain says: “Millionaires and big corporations have enough influence in Washington.”

Poliquin helped build a New York City-based asset management firm Avatar Investors Associates Corp., which handled $5 billion in worker pension funds for Bath Iron Works and International Paper, among other clients, according to his campaign’s website.

In his own TV ad, Poliquin treats his time on Wall Street as tough. “They say, ‘If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.’ Many from small towns don’t, but he did,” a voice says over ominous music and the sound of traffic horns.

Both candidates continue to emphasize humble roots, possibly one of few things they have in common.

Nell Gluckman

About Nell Gluckman

Nell is the education reporter for the Bangor Daily News, but she will be helping out the political team by covering the 2nd Congressional District election this year. Before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2013, Nell worked for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. She is a graduate of George Washington and Columbia Universities. Originally from New York City, Nell now lives in Bangor.