Rolling billboards that feature Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Betsy Sweet
alongside U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan
Omar were in Portland and Freeport on Thursday.
The billboards, paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, are emblazoned with the message “Betsy Sweet, Too Liberal For Maine.”
On the broad side of the truck, Sweet is featured with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar and on the back, with Senator Bernie Sanders.
“Sweet’s embrace of radical positions like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All are more in line with socialists like AOC and Bernie Sanders than they are with Mainers,” said NRSC spokesperson Nathan Brand.
“Following Sweet and AOC’s lead, Sara Gideon and Bre Kidman have joined the race to the left, falling in line with the socialist agenda of the most liberal members of their party.”
In a press release, the NRSC cited a tweet from Betsy Sweet where she declared support for the so-called Green New Deal, Medicare for All, which opponents argue would require massive tax increases, and a $15 minimum wage.
In response, Betsy Sweet tweeted a photo of the truck on the streets of Portland.
In other tweets, Sweet “thanked” the NRSC for linking her to AOC, Sanders and others, citing her endorsement by a group called “Justice Democrats” and asking her followers to contribute.
An official from the NRSC had a different take, however:
Sweet has shown a willingness to take on opponents on Twitter. She has also called out one of her Democratic primary opponents, Speaker Sara Gideon, after reports that Gideon repeatedly violated federal campaign finance laws.