Another Day, Another Scontras Lie

October 29, 2010 12:05 pm ET — Jamison Foser

On Wednesday, Portland Press Herald columnist Greg Kesich highlighted Maine congressional candidate Dean Scontras' attempts to reinvent himself:

Here's the debate I'd like to see:

At one podium, Dean Scontras the challenger for the 1st District Congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree.

At the other we'd have the guy who ran for the Republican nomination for the same seat two years ago. What was his name?

Oh, yeah. Dean Scontras. [...]

Southern Maine voters will have to ask themselves which Dean Scontras they would get if he wins. [...]

Abortion comes up all the time in Congress, it matters a lot to a lot of people and it is not an issue that a candidate should be allowed to finesse.

Scontras' claim that Congress' lacks a role on the issue either shows a lack of understanding about how government works or an attempt to hide his real position until after the election. I guess voters will have to decide which one bothers them least. [...]

He's a candidate with a political ideology so flexible it's double-jointed.

In his latest commercial, Dean Scontras tells voters, "I looked you in the eye and told you where I stand."

That may be true, but where he was standing depends a whole lot on when he was looking into your eyes.

Today, the Press Herald runs a rebuttal from Scontras, with a revealing sub-headline: "A column highlighting positions he took in the 2008 Republican primary did not fairly reflect the candidate's views now."

Some rebuttal! That was the whole point of Kesich's column — that Scontras has changed his position on key issues (or pretends to have done so) in order to get elected.

In his rebuttal, Scontras pretends that as a member of Congress, he wouldn't be able to do anything about gay rights:

Along the same line of "social issues" is my position on the "don't ask, don't tell," policy for gays in the military, which is now in the court system — and no longer in the U.S. House.

According to the Constitution, Congress cannot overturn a federal court decision any more than the Supreme Court can be expected to balance the budget.

Nonsense. And Dean Scontras knows it's nonsense. Here's Scontras in 2008:

I'm the only candidate in this race that is against civil unions and for a constitutional amendment to protect marriage.

A candidate who knows that Congress can amend the Constitution, but who nevertheless claims "Congress cannot overturn a federal court decision" is, quite simply, lying to you. Again.