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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:54 PM

Who is Angus King? Should we be worried if he wins the Senate seat in Maine?

http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2012/Senate/Graphs/maine.html

According to this King is polling way ahead of candidates from both parties. If he's another Bernie Sanders then we should support him, but I know Maine gets some nut jobs elected up there (ie Gov Paul LePage) and don't want to find out this guy is some hardcore right-wing tea party nut job.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:56 PM

1. He's neither Bernie nor a tea party nut. He was a Dem before he went Indy, and is pretty

centrist from what I recall. (I am basing this on what my Dad seemed to think of him, since I wasn't really paying attention to political stuff at that point.)

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Response to GreenPartyVoter (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:58 PM

2. I just saw on Wiki he's pro-choice, pro-ACA and pro-marriage equality

I wonder if the Dems will end up backing him in the general election like they do with Bernie Sanders? I mean with the current dem candidate only getting 7% we want to make sure we get a good candidate that can beat the republican.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:51 PM

5. Besides, how cool would it be to have a governor named "Angus"?

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Response to hatrack (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:57 PM

6. Well, he was certainly no Colonel Angus...

but he was fairly decent as governors go.

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Response to hatrack (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:35 PM

8. He would be a senator

He was already a governor

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:50 PM

7. At least this time the vote probably won't be spit in the Repubs' favor, if he is

polling well among both parties.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:38 PM

9. He has stated he doesn't know who he'd caucus with

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:31 PM

3. Angus King is a decent man.

From what I`ve observed over the years, he`s bright, judicious, principled. I`ve always enjoyed listening to his ideas. Thankfully, he`s no Gov. LePage.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:48 PM

4. He used to be in charge of the local PBS fund drives

when I was a kid or teen or whatever

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:49 PM

10. I am a Mainer

Angus basically is a Dem and good buddy of Pingree. We will not let a LePage happen again by splitting up votes. That is why we nominated a zero Dem. Dems will vote Angus. He has the big name recognition here.

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Response to DemocracyInaction (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:54 PM

11. Another poster said he has not committed to siding with the Dems should he be elected

We are gonna need that Maine seat since we stand to lose a few senate seats.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:43 PM

12. He has claimed he may join the GOP caucus if they win a majority.

IIRC.

However I don't think it would make any sense for them to accept him. If they already had a majority, why give him perks in return for an unreliable vote on issues? And I very much doubt he would cast a deciding vote in favor of Mitch McConnell.

I think he is likely to end up with Democrats, whether he necessarily wants to or not.

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