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CARUSO CHALLENGES POLIQUIN TO DEBATES IN EACH COUNTY

March 16, 2022

Debate series will allow GOP primary voters local opportunities to talk with candidates

 CARATUNK – GOP candidate for Maine’s Second Congressional District Liz Caruso today challenged fellow candidate Bruce Poliquin to a series of 11 debates across the district, one in each county.

In a letter to Poliquin, Caruso offered to participate in the debates as a way to ensure Mainers have access to their two options in the upcoming June primary.


“Now that signatures have been turned in and the primary campaign has begun in earnest, it’s imperative that voters learn as much as they can about both of us,” said Caruso. “Republicans in this district deserve accessible, transparent, and responsive leadership, and that starts by ensuring direct access to their candidates.”


“The days of hiding behind the maneuverings of political consultants are behind us,” continued Caruso. “Voters expect to hear directly from us. We are facing unprecedented challenges as a nation, and Mainers deserve to know where we stand and how we’d act if elected.”


The Caruso campaign is reaching out to Republican leadership in each of CD2’s 11 counties to secure venues and establish a schedule for debates.

(Full letter to Poliquin below)

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March 15, 2022

Hon. Bruce Poliquin

186 Ledgemere Road

Georgetown, Maine 04548

Dear Bruce,

I want to first congratulate you on qualifying for the campaign to represent Maine’s Second District in Congress. I know first-hand how challenging a task it is to travel the district and gather these signatures. Our campaign was proud to be the first on the ballot, a completely volunteer-driven process that echoed the tremendous grassroots energy I’m sure you’re sensing in our district as well.

I’m writing today to offer a full schedule of debates across the district. Now that signatures have been turned in and the primary campaign has begun in earnest, it’s imperative that voters learn as much as they can about both of us. Republicans in this district deserve accessible, transparent, and responsive leadership, and that starts by ensuring direct access to their candidates.

In order to ensure voters have a local opportunity to hear from us, I am proposing a schedule of 11 debates, one in each county in the district. I have started the process of discussing venues and dates with local Republican officials in each county, and have gotten a very positive response so far. 

In the past, these details were left to party bosses and insiders. But now, the grassroots members of the Republican Party demand a more transparent process – the days of hiding behind the maneuverings of political consultants are behind us. Voters expect to hear directly from us. We are facing unprecedented challenges as a nation, and Mainers deserve to know where we stand and how we’d act if elected.

I hope you will accept this offer, and work with my campaign to iron out the details. I am looking forward to a robust discussion with you of the most important issues of the day, and I appreciate your willingness to serve. We share a common vision of a better Maine and a better America, and I look forward to debating the key differences so voters can make an informed and confident decision in June.

Sincerely,

Liz Caruso

FIRST ON THE REPUBLICAN BALLOT: CARUSO FILES SIGNATURES TO QUALIFY FOR CD2 REPUBLICAN NOMINATION

March 8, 2022

CARATUNK – On Monday, small business owner and Caratunk Selectwoman Liz Caruso became the first candidate to file for the Republican nomination for Maine’s Second Congressional District. 

“This election is about the restoration of our constitutional republic, where citizens are actually represented by elected officials who honor them and who operate in integrity and truth, not corrupted aspirations for political careers,” said Liz Caruso.“Mainers are waking up to the false notion that only the wealthy and well-connected deserve a place in Congress. That’s why I’m so honored to be the first candidate in this primary to officially file with the Maine Secretary of State my candidacy for the Republican nomination for Maine’s Second Congressional District.

“All the money in the world cannot stop a movement like we’re seeing in Maine’s Second District. Maine Republicans are hungry for change, and nowhere is that more apparent than in our 100% volunteer signature drive to be first on the ballot in this primary. This campaign is not about who is the richest – it’s about who is willing to put in the hard work to get the job done to force change in Washington and get our nation back on track.

“I’m a rural Mainer, a homeschool mom, a community volunteer, a small business owner, and a patriot who has joined the ranks of so many others who are ready to fight for change. The world is waiting for us – the working-class Americans who have been quiet for far too long – to take our nation back. I will stand and fight to restore our republic back to the people, to uphold our Constitution, to fight for our freedoms and for our children’s future.”

Quick facts about Liz Caruso’s historic first-on-the-ballot signature drive:

  • Over 1,360 signatures collected (1,000 required)
  • Signatures collected from all 11 counties in CD2
  • Liz personally collected nearly half of all signatures
  • 35 volunteer collectors from across CD2 collected the rest
  • Liz qualified to the ballot first despite spending no money on paid collectors

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A picture of Liz filing her candidacy with her family is below for your use.

CARUSO STATEMENT ON CONGRESSIONAL STOCK TRADING BILL

February 16, 2022

CARATUNK – Republican Candidate for 2nd Congressional District Liz Caruso
released the following statement:
“It has become clear through recent news coverage that Americans are increasingly concerned with elected officials using their status and protected knowledge to enrich themselves through individual stock exchanges during their time of service. I firmly believe that service should never be a way for the ultra wealthy to become even richer, and that regaining public trust should be a top priority for lawmakers in Washington. As a mom, registered Maine guide and small business owner, I wholeheartedly support efforts in Washington to place a ban on Congressional stock trading.”

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CARUSO ISSUES CHALLENGE TO PRIMARY OPPONENTS: SIGN THE PLEDGE TO FIGHT THE CMP CORRIDOR

January 18, 2022
GOP candidate for 2nd Congressional District sends letter to fellow candidates, vows to take corridor fight to the federal level  

CARATUNK – Republican candidate for Maine’s Second Congressional district Liz Caruso today signed a pledge to take the fight against the CMP Corridor to Congress if elected, and challenged her fellow GOP candidates to do the same. “These times require leadership, and the people of Maine deserve nothing less than absolute clarity from their elected officials,” said Caruso, in a speech in front of anti-corridor activists in West Forks. “That is why I am pledging today, before some of our district’s most fierce allies, that if entrusted with your vote, I will elevate the CMP corridor issue to the federal level if necessary to honor the people of Maine’s overwhelming desire to stop the project once and for all, and we challenge my opponents in the Republican primary to make this pledge as well.”

Caruso sent a letter to GOP primary candidates Bruce Poliquin and Garret Swazey asking them to sign the following pledge:

PLEDGE TO STOP THE CMP CORRIDOR


I, _______________________ (candidate name), pledge to the people of Maine that, if elected to Congress, I will do everything in my power to support the will of the people.

I pledge to work tirelessly to stop this project through legislative remedies, collaboration with executive branch departments, and by using my prominence as a member of Congress to elevate this issue until the voters’ November 2, 2021 decision is upheld.

Signed,


______________________________
Candidate for Congress, ME-2

Caruso has been an outspoken opponent of the destructive CMP Corridor, and was a founding member of the opposition group that ultimately won a decisive referendum to stop the project. CMP and its allies have vowed to ignore the will of Maine voters, and continue to battle through the court system to move the project forward.

“The people of Maine deserve to know that their next representative to Congress will do everything in their power to protect our home state and to honor the will of Mainers,” continued Caruso.  ‘By signing this pledge, I am making it clear to voters that I am on their side, not on the side of the foreign energy companies who have treated our state with utter contempt.”

Caruso will announce publicly the candidates who join her in signing the pledge one week from today.

Full text of the letter below:


January 18, 2022


Dear Fellow CD2 Congressional Candidate,

I first want to congratulate you on your candidacy, and I thank you for being willing to step up during such a critical time for our district, our state, and our nation. Running for office is a daunting task that requires long hours, time away from the family, and so many other challenges, and we’re fortunate to have a slate of candidates for this Congressional election who have decided to make those sacrifices for the betterment of our country.

Whichever one of us wins this race will be faced with almost limitless challenges. The day-to-day function of government on its own is challenging, but right now we’re living in perilous times that require vision, strength of conviction, and a spine of iron to stand up to the special interests, lobbyists, and political parties that have left our nation riven. These times require leadership, and the people of Maine deserve nothing less than absolute clarity from our elected officials.

Maine has been in the midst of a full-scale assault over the last several years from a reckless multinational energy giant, Iberdrola, acting through its local subsidiary, Central Maine Power. While flaunting its monopoly status by leaving Mainers with ever increasing power bills and worst-in-the-nation customer service, CMP and its Spanish owners have spent tens of millions of dollars to force a destructive corridor through our precious Maine woods. Through a cadre of high-priced lawyers, lobbyists, and DC political attack dogs, they’ve upended our political system, violated our state constitution, and wrenched control of our state government and permitting agencies from the hands of the Maine people.

That all changed on November 2, thanks to the most powerful grassroots uprising in Maine’s recent history. More than 240,000 Mainers stormed their polling places on election day, and, by unprecedented margins, voted to stop Iberdrola and CMP’s green energy scam designed to export billions in profits to foreign stakeholders and governments..

Despite losing the election by wide margins after spending more than any referendum campaign ever has to influence the outcome of the election, CMP, Iberdrola, and their partner Hydro-Quebec have pledged to continue to push this unpopular project, against the clear will of Maine voters. Lawsuits and procedural battles continue, and these big multinational energy giants continue to declare their intention to carry out this project after losing big at the ballot box.

As the Representative to Maine’s 2nd District in the US Congress, one of us will be in the position to bring to bear the power of the federal government to help protect us from this onslaught. One of us will have the platform to speak truth to power, and to make honoring the will of Maine voters one of their first priorities.

This is why I’m asking you, my fellow candidate, to join me in signing the attached pledge to elevate the fight against the CMP Corridor to the federal level if necessary. President Biden’s Energy Secretary Granholm has voiced continued support for this deeply unpopular project, and the federal agencies of oversight have yet to suspend the permits.

The people of Maine deserve to know that each of us will do everything in our power as a United States Congressman to protect our home state and to honor our constituents. By signing this pledge, you will be making it clear to voters in Maine that you are on their side, not on the side of the foreign energy companies who have treated our state with utter contempt.

I will be announcing the candidates who have joined me in signing this pledge in one week. I look forward to your response, and expect that this will be an easy decision for all of us.

I thank you again for your willingness to join this important election, and I wish you the best of luck on the campaign trail.

Sincerely,


Elizabeth Caruso
Candidate for Congress, ME-2

A CMP corridor opponent aims for higher office

November 17, 2021

Bangor Daily News

by Jessica Piper and Caitlin Andrews
November 16, 2021

What we’re watching today
A member of the anti-Central Maine Power hydropower corridor coalition is taking a shot at higher office. While main CMP critic Tom Saviello is still teasing the idea of taking a shot at governorship, Caratunk select board member Liz Caruso has formally jumped into the Republican primary for the 2nd Congressional District race in the hopes of taking down U.S. Rep. Jared Golden. Caratunk was one of the first towns to rescind its support of the project, with Caruso penning a letter to the Maine Public Utilities Commission in September 2018.

But the corridor does not seem to be taking center stage in Caruso’s initial campaign. Her website cites a range of usual Republican priorities, including stopping large tech companies from censoring people, the 2nd Amendment, religious and medical freedom along with economic growth. A registered Maine guide and small business owner, she looks to be positioning herself as an outsider to Washington, D.C., and highlighting her Maine connections

Any Republican challenger is going to face a tough primary against a former U.S. congressman. There is no avoiding a June confrontation with Bruce Poliquin, who raised $883,000 through the end of September in the runup to a rematch with Golden and remains the strong favorite in a primary. The 2018 race between the two was the most expensive House race in the state’s history at the time, and it is likely we will see a repeat performance in that arena as high-dollar spending campaigns seem to be the norm these days.

Poliquin has already turned away one challenger after Maine state Sen. Trey Stewart, R-Presque Isle, dropped his bid for Congress in deference to his former mentor. Oakland state Rep. Mike Perkins, a Republican, is also still in the running, setting up at least a three-way race to challenge Golden next fall.

Caruso’s candidacy could be the start of a political trend, however. The CMP corridor referendum was the most expensive in state history and among the most divisive topics in the state while inspiring a strong grassroots movement. The utility itself will possibly be the subject of another referendum next fall, this time asking if it should be bought out to create a consumer-owned entity. It is possible other activists will use their experience resisting the corridor as a launching pad into state — or even national — politics.

Liz Caruso Joins the George Hale Ric Tyler Show

November 16, 2021

To listen to Liz’s interview with George Hale and Ric Tyler, click here.

From the Desk of Liz Caruso: I’m running for Congress!

November 15, 2021
Dear Friend, 

I’m emailing you today with an incredibly exciting announcement…I am running for Congress! 

I wanted you to be one of the first to know because you are someone I hope will be on my team as I start on this adventure. Before I get into why I’m running, I want to give you a brief history of how my past has led me to this decision. 

For the last 30 years I have been a Registered Maine guide. I walked away from an engineering career for a peaceful life in the Maine Outdoors.  Utilizing my MBA, I co-owned a year-round outdoor adventure company offering whitewater, snowmobiling and ATV trips, a B&B and retail outfitter shop. I was the first executive director of the local chamber of commerce.  In 2002, I married my husband, a Master Maine hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and whitewater guide, started a family, and transitioned away from business life to be a full-time mom. I’ve been homeschooling my 2 sons, now a senior and junior, and 11 years ago co-founded a homeschool co-op which meets weekly and has benefited as many as 80 students each year from over 30 rural Maine communities.  For the last 15 years, I’ve served the townspeople of Caratunk as the elected first selectman, overseeing all aspects of town government from street lights to road paving. 

It was as the Town intervenor to defeat CMP’s harmful energy corridor, and later spokesperson on behalf of the grassroots campaign, that I began representing Mainers and speaking across the state.  I have seen firsthand how our government has been usurped from We the People and into the grips of corrupt politicians with special interests, giving their ears to lobbyists instead of their constituents. Of course it is more corrupt and larger in scale in D.C.  Like you all, I have had enough. It’s time Mainers are truly represented and fought for. 

I’m running for Congress not for myself, but to echo the cry of the people….Mainers of all beliefs, across all political parties, colors, socio-economic spheres, both inland and coastal….it’s the cry for righteousness in government. We must restore our democratic republic, where citizens are actually represented by elected officials who honor them and who operate in integrity and truth, not corrupted aspirations for political careers.

Would you consider a donation to my campaign of $500, $250, $100, $50, $25 or even $10?

I believe and will fight to:
– Restore and uphold the 1787 Constitution and protect the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Mainers (The entire purpose of the Bill of Rights was to ensure that the federal government could not usurp the rights of individuals)
– Religious freedom
– Freedom of speech without fear of backlash
– Medical/Health freedom (i.e. vaccine mandates)
– Security in our right to bear arms
– Protect American history and our founding documents from alteration and subversion
– Educational freedom (including Critical Race Theory)
– Protect life (preborn to elderly); stop human trafficking; fight for Girls’ Sports and protection of women
– Enforce election integrity; stop partisan attempts to sway election results
– Stop government overreach on businesses and restore freedoms to business owners.  All businesses are “essential”
– Create jobs and economic opportunities for hard-working families and business-owners. Reestablish the labor force so businesses can keep up with consumer demands
– Support domestic law enforcement with accountability
– Fight for our veterans and military families to get them the care and support that they deserve. There is nothing free about our freedoms!
– Improve healthcare by lowering costs and improving quality and access to care
– Support free-market, diversified energy solutions which protect the environment and American sovereignty

To learn more about my campaign, I hope you’ll watch this video and visit my website at LizforMaine.com. 

I will be in touch soon with next steps but first, can I count on your support with a donation today? 

If you’d like to donate, there are a few easy and secure ways to do so…

  • Visit my website at LizforMaine.com/donate
  • Mail a check payable to Caruso for Congress to PO Box 89, Caratunk, ME 04925
  • Email my team at [email protected] for a contribution form you can fill out to pay by credit card. 

For Maine,
Liz Caruso
Candidate, Maine Second Congressional District