Allen's communications shop is run by the notorious Carol Andrews, a transplant from Tennessee who is perhaps most famous for knocking down a camera man in anger during the Harold Ford campaign in 2006. Before coming to Maine, Andrews was VP of one of the most hard-core negative campaign firms in the country, Fletcher Rowley Chao.
Among Tennessee media (and now Maine's), she is perhaps the most reviled political communications operative in recent memory. Combative and heavy-handed, Andrews was a liability to Ford, who was more accessible to national media than statewide media during his failed Senate run. That was no doubt at least one reason he was the only Democrat running for an open Senate seat not to be elected.
Andrews is also a YouTube sensation for this stunt during 2006.