Bruce Poliquin, the GOP candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, gained an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business, his campaign announced Wednesday.
The group advocates for policies that help small businesses grow, according to its website.
“I am thrilled to have the support of Maine small business. As we all know, small businesses in Maine produce most of the jobs in our state, and helping them thrive is critical for creating a strong economy,” Poliquin said in a prepared statement.
Both Poliquin and his opponent, state Sen. Emily Cain, a Democratic who represents Orono, have tried to present themselves as the candidate who will support small businesses. The sector is particularly important in this district, where large, traditional employers, such as those in the forest products industry, have been floundering.
NFIB Vice President Lisa Goeas went with the Republican, saying, “Bruce Poliquin is a long-time businessman with a true sense of how challenging it is to make a payroll and remain competitive with all of the taxes and regulatory burdens imposed by Washington.”
NFIB advocates for keeping the tax rate low and for the reduction of certain regulations, for example those imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clearn Air Act. The group says they impose unfair costs on small businesses.
“Emily Cain hasn’t been a reliable protector of small businesses,” Goeas said in the prepared statement. “There’s no reason to believe that her priorities will change once she gets to Washington. Our members can count on Bruce Polquin, so he’s the best choice for small business in this race.”