A rebuttal: No, Democrats have not forgotten rural voters

Julia Brown, who ran the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, says complaints by state Sen. Chloe Maxmin are “revisionist history.”
The black dome of the Maine State House stands among the trees.
Photo by Samantha Hogan.

A new book by state Sen. Chloe Maxmin and her campaign manager Canyon Woodward has drawn much attention in Maine and around the US. In their book, “Dirt Road Rival,” Maxmin and Woodward argue that Democrats have largely “forsaken” rural voters. Some Democrats are pushing back, noting that their party controls the governor’s office and both chambers if the Legislature. Here, Julia Brown, who ran the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, offers her take. Brown’s column was originally published on her Medium page. 

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