The Baldaccis are known across Maine as a stalwart political family and a mainstay of the city of Bangor, having held the governorship and seats in city, county, state, and federal government—and even owned a restaurant with statewide acclaim.
Still, one Baldacci son is facing considerable headwinds in his bid for a congressional seat. Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci faces former state Sen. Emily Cain for the Democratic nomination to take on freshman Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who defeated Cain by 5 points in the midterms.
While Cain has rallied support from major liberal groups in Washington and Maine, Baldacci, the brother of former Maine Gov. John Baldacci, has posted unimpressive fundraising reports and elicited tepid response from Maine Democrats.
“There are still pieces of that network that exist and that Joe can draw on,” says David Farmer, a former deputy chief of staff to John Baldacci. “I think that that network, though, has also moved on to supporting other people. … There are people who supported Governor Baldacci who are supporting Emily.”
Baldacci’s campaign quietly filed with the Federal Election Commission a report showing he raised $68,000 in the last quarter of 2015, including nearly $7,000 out of his own pocket, and $76,000 on hand. By comparison, Cain hauled in $277,000 and will report seven times as much money in the bank, Cain’s campaign announced last week.