AUBURN — Last year, Jared Golden squeaked to victory over 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin to grab the only GOP-held congressional seat in New England.
Republican Eric Brakey is looking to take it back from Golden next year.
Speaking Tuesday at Rolly’s Diner in Auburn, which he called “a New Auburn icon,” the former state senator said he is running for Congress because he is unhappy with what he sees as the heavy hand of the federal government.
“I believe in a free Maine and a free America — and that means Washington D.C., needs to mind its own business: Get out of our jobs, out of our health care, out of our gun closets and out of Afghanistan,” Brakey said.
He said he has raised $200,000 for his race, collecting the final $750 to reach that total from supporters who came to hear him speak. Golden had raised nearly $600,000 by the end of June.
Brakey, 31, faces a possible GOP primary in June against likely challenger Adrienne Bennett, press secretary for former Gov. Paul LePage. She said Tuesday she has made a decision on the race — and sounded like a near-certain contender.