NFIB/Maine Backs Raye for Congress

Date: May 23, 2014

Augusta (May 23, 2014) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Maine’s leading small business organization, today endorsed NFIB member and former State Senator Kevin Raye for Congress.


“Kevin Raye is a small business owner and his voting record as a leader in the Senate clearly reflects that experience,” said NFIB Maine State Director David Clough. “He shares our members’ priorities and he knows first-hand that Washington is too often part of the problem.”


Raye and his wife run Raye’s Mustard, the only stone-ground mustard mill in America and a business that’s been in his family since 1900.  He is also a former State Senator and a four-time NFIB Guardian of Small Business winner.  NFIB Guardian winners are legislators whose voting records show strong support for small businesses on key issues.  In each of his last two terms Raye earned perfect 100-percent scores on the NFIB Voting Record.  He earned an 89-percent lifetime record.


“Every candidate claims to support small business but very few have the voting record to back that up,” said Clough.  “Kevin’s record on small business issues speaks for itself.”


NFIB Vice President Lisa Goeas, who heads the group’s political and grassroots operation, said Congress badly needs more members who understand small business.


“Small business owners across the country are reluctant to expand and create jobs largely because of the uncertainty that Washington creates with policies that discourage growth,” she said.  “Kevin Raye supports broad tax reform and he agrees with our members that the federal health care law was a mistake and that it needs to be revamped to promote more choices, more competition and lower costs.  And he wants to approach the federal budget the same way small businesses and households manage their own money, which is to cut unnecessary spending and rely less on debt.”


Raye’s endorsement was made by the NFIB SAFE Trust, the organization’s political action committee.  Surveys show that small business owners are influential in their communities and this year NFIB members will work hard to send Kevin Raye to Congress as the representative for Maine’s 2nd District.”


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