1st District GOP candidate snubbed with no invite to Boehner event in his backyard

Isaac Misiuk, Republican candidate for Maine 1st Congressional District. Contributed photo

Isaac Misiuk, Republican candidate for Maine 1st Congressional District. Contributed photo

Isaac Misiuk, the Republican Party’s candidate in the southern 1st Congressional District, said no one told him that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, would be stopping for an event in the district’s largest city, Portland.

Boehner is swinging through Portland tonight to join a fundraiser for Bruce Poliquin, the GOP candidate in the northern 2nd Congressional District, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. Poliquin’s campaign has said the event had to be held in Portland, because it’s the only stop that would fit into Boehner’s crowded schedule.

Misiuk, reached by phone on Thursday, said that he understood holding a fundraiser in Portland for convenience’s sake, but was perturbed that he wasn’t invited, and that he had to find out the event was happening from a newspaper article, rather than from Poliquin or the party.

“I personally, found it odd that i wasn’t invited,” Misiuk said. “I understand it’s not my fundraiser, but I think it’s odd that I didn’t get a phone call letting me know it’s going on. If I were going to be doing something up in Bangor, I’d let Bruce know I was going to be up there.”

Then again, Misiuk said, he probably wouldn’t hold a fundraiser in Bangor.

“I’ve received contributions from the second district itself, but I haven’t had any events up there,” he said.

Misiuk is running against incumbent Democrat Chellie Pingree and independent Richard Murphy. Poliquin is vying for an open seat against Democrat Emily Cain and independent Blaine Richardson.

The Boehner-Poliquin fundraiser will be held tonight at 6 p.m. Admission prices start at $250, though attendees can pay $1,000 to get a photo with the Speaker, or $2,600 for a photo an access to a VIP reception.

Mario Moretto

About Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and, now, in the State House. Mario left the BDN in 2015.