From the Collins campaign, via its internet guru Lance Dutson, we get wind of this Maine GOP press release:
Congressman Tom Allen missed each of the three votes the House of Representatives held yesterday, bringing his missed votes total to 132...Later amended as follows:
Maine Republican Party Chairman Mark Ellis said, "Congressman Allen really seems to have lost interest in showing up to work. At the very least, he should tell his constituents why he is choosing to leave them unrepresented in Congress less than a year after he was reelected. For these and the many other days that Tom has skipped votes, Mainers deserve to know the answer to the question: Where was Tom?"
“It has come to our attention that Congressman Tom Allen was in Bangor on Monday attending the funeral of a family member. Without question, the most difficult times in our lives are those in which we grieve for the loss of family or friends. Our thoughts are with Congressman Allen and his family during this difficult time,” said Maine Republican Party Chairman Mark Ellis.Look, I'm agnostic on the Collins camp's "missed votes" allegation, at least until I see some hard data: If Allen missed close-call votes on important issues, then he certainly deserves to be taken to task.
On the other hand, if what we're talking about is mostly near-unanimous resolutions, procedural votes and the occasional post office naming, then it's a silly, distracting charge.
So it's time for Collins and her Maine GOP allies to show their cards here, and tell us why these particular votes were so important.
Otherwise, they wind up looking petty or callous. Or--as they do in this case--both.
UPDATE: I seem to have picked nearly the same headline as Kos, who I think may have beaten me to the punch by an hour or two.
That'll teach me not to leave the house...