Maine Senate race – help!
With Olympia Snowe retiring, this race seems particularly unpredictable with a strong third party showing from the former Governor, via The Hill:
Democrats looking to replace retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) in Maine have a delicate decision to make.
If they back independent former Gov. Angus King, who stands the best chance at winning, they risk the appearance of having abandoned their own party’s candidates.
But if they support one of the four Democrats competing in the primary, they risk siphoning votes away from King and handing the seat back to Republicans.
Looming over the race is the lingering question about which party King will caucus with if elected to the Senate. King has steadfastly refused to say with which party he’ll cast his lot, a silence that some of his opponents claim deprives voters of the information they need to cast an informed ballot.
But both Democrats and Republicans seem to agree that when push comes to shove, King is likely to side with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
King is doing better than others with fundraising, but the situation is confused because of Snowe’s late retirement announcement.
Anyone out there who has insight into the Maine situation? Help!
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Sounds like Maine needs help.
If the article is true, then former Gov Angus King is just another Olympia Snowe – a weasel.
How can anyone vote for someone when they don’t know who’s side he’s on?
Oh yes, Maine *does* need help, but don’t expect the voters of the Peoples Republic of Northern New England to help themselves. They apparently love being one of the highest taxed states in the country situated *right next to* one of the lowest taxed states in the country.
(Also: New Hampshire thanks you, Maine!)
William, here’s a heads up if you’re blogging on Wisconsin today: ‘Wisconsin Vote Is First Shot in Wider Union War’.
I hope Tea Party people who are fed up with “both” parties learn something here. The disaffected Democrats are finding their way to a “3rd” party solution faster than disaffected conservatives.
That is because they come from the Democratic Party culture that fights for what they want even when things look hopeless. Tea Party people tend to be poisoned by the Republican culture that won’t fight for their principles even when they control everything for fear of offending Democrats. Tea Party has to learn to candidates who dare to run “3rd” party. So far, we have been a sub-set of the Republican party backing only Republican candidates. Too many chapters of Tea Party feel obligated to endorse when there is no good candidate to endorse. We are doomed if that doesn’t change.
Somehow, the majority of Tea Partiers and OWSers who are not wedded to the organizers need to recognize that they are fighting the same enemy for the same reasons. We are just fed up with corrupt and entrenched one-party government. THAT is the big middle that conservatives and Republicans alike wrongly label as the “right-leaning America”. We aren’t “right-leaning”. We just want government off of our backs.
If it is true that we account for 60% of America, why is a “3rd” party alternative not already presenting itself? I’ll tell you why. Because as Mark Steyn says in his latest book, conservatives always end up voting for liberals. They hold their noses and vote for the LOTE.
Victory is staring us in the face on every ballot but we allow the billions of dirty money and their minions to talk us out of seeing it. We one day come to appreciate this option once it is taken away from us and we become no different from all of those other one-party “democracies” like Cuba, Iran, Saddam’s Iraq, and others where elections merely exist to see how close to 100% the ruling dictator can get. We may be closer to that than we realize. Why else would it be so expensive to sell the cancer they keep selling us?
I’ve got insight about the situation in Maine, all the way from Texas. We to,have had a RINO as a Senator for many years. The same situation as the hard working people of Maine, everybody is sooooo busy making a living that there is little time to dig into the RINO records of our candidates so we listen to the TV/RADIO ads which have all been lies, I know this now because I can see the politicians lips moving. As soon as the election is over, the banksters and lobbyists that researched how to fool the people with ADs and paid for the ADs, present a bill to the ho politician (male or female) and they vote the way they have been bought to vote. God Bless America, RICO all banksters and their ho politicians (past and present) and IMPEACH that racist, ERIC HOLDER. Good Luck Maine, our liar is finally retiring.
There are more moochers in Maine than there are moose. It has the second highest percentage of people on public assistance in the nation. What makes that interesting is that only 12.9% of its population is considered below the poverty line compared to a national average of 15.3%.
No insight into the situation in Maine, but King appears easy: First, foremost, and most important, he wants a trip to the Big Game in the Beltway. There’s no sense risking that by something as crass as choosing a party and having to stand for something publicly. If he’s not willing to commit Republicans should dump him; do it. now. Find a committed conservative, back his/her candidacy, and move on. The day of the self serving, squish politician, in either party, is drawing to a close for a while. Conservatives need the Rubios, Wests, Walkers, and Mourdocks, people willing to declare and stand for the fight, not the unwilling and faint hearted. Let him find his own job on K Street and get to the Beltway on someone else’s dime.
“Let him find his own job on K Street”
I’d rather he and others of his ilk found a job at K-Mart, instead….
king sucks. almost as bad for us as baldacci was. the gop refuses to admit there is a decent candidate running (Scott D’Amboise) they just don’t like him as he is pretty conservative.
I don’t think that there has been a real Republican representing Maine in the Senate for a long, long time.
years ago snowe used to be a fighter. then she just gave up and went along to get along.
then when we got both her and collins in place it was a grand old party….for them.