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Tue Feb 28, 2012, 06:05 PM

What if Peter Mills and Eliot Cutler get into the Senate race now that Snowe is out?

Peter Mills would be formidable. Steve Abbott may also be interested. What if Cutler gets in? I think Matt Dunlap would be very good. I think Mike Michaud should stay put to keep that congressional seat away from Kevin Raye. If Cutler gets in, it could mess it up for us. We should be able to pick up this seat. But you know Maine with its indies and crossovers. This will become interesting.

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Reply What if Peter Mills and Eliot Cutler get into the Senate race now that Snowe is out? (Original post)
RBInMaine Feb 2012 OP
Old and In the Way Feb 2012 #1
NWHarkness Feb 2012 #2
MaineDem Feb 2012 #3
Po_d Mainiac Feb 2012 #4
high density Feb 2012 #5
MaineDem Feb 2012 #6
luckyleftyme2 Mar 2012 #7
MaineDem Mar 2012 #8
ticapnews Mar 2012 #9
DemocracyInaction Mar 2012 #10
MaineDem Mar 2012 #11
ticapnews Mar 2012 #12
RBInMaine Mar 2012 #13
jpak Mar 2012 #14

Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 06:11 PM

1. Peter's sister Janet would make it a fascinating race.

She's a staunch Democrat that's won in her Republican district. Former State Attorney General. She's a great campaigner and would be a perfect candidate to run on her commitment to women's reproductive rights. I'd seriously hope that Elliott doesn't spoil this race like he did with the Governorship. I'm sure he'd split the vote again and Peter would win. Of course, I'm not sure if Peter would be the Tea Party candidate.

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 06:32 PM

2. I just can't see Cutler putting it together in time

Two weeks to get a petition drive up and running in order to get enough signatures to get on the ballot?

The GOP will have to try to rush someone in, because there is no way they are going to go into this with just D'Amboise.

It all depends on what Chellie does. If she jumps in, she will be a big favorite and might scare off someone like Abbott or Raye.

Maybe we will hit the jackpot and LePage will run.

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Response to NWHarkness (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 07:12 PM

3. I hope Mike and Chellie stay put. (And I think they will.)

It's all about signatures at this point. What Republican can collect 4000 signatures in two weeks? After all the caucuses are over.

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 08:26 PM

4. Don't write off Hinck

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 11:23 PM

5. Would Cutler do this again?

That didn't work out good for anybody.

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Response to high density (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 06:53 AM

6. I think he wants to be Governor

But I really have no idea what's in his head.

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 05:43 AM

7. I'll vote for Chellie


I think she fights for Maine and is a motivated go getter! She is not passive and that is who I want representing me! you know what they say about redheads!
their "spitfires" for a cause!
go CHELLIE!

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 07:24 AM

8. Angus King is getting a lot of press mentions

I'm not sure if his being our of politics for so long would be a hindrance for him.

Today will be a busy day at the Secretary of State's office. No Republican, that I know of, has taken out papers since Snowe's announcement. They'll need the weekend to push for signatures so I assume at least a few will jump on that today after the snowstorm.

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 12:05 PM

9. Steve Abbott isn't running

Portland Press Herald
ORONO Steve Abbott, the athletic director at the University of Maine who was a 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate, announced today that he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Olympia Snowe.

Abbott said many people have encouraged him to run, but he cannot leave the job to which he was appointed a year ago for a two-year commitment.

"Over the last three days, I have received many phone calls, emails, and Facebook messages from friends and supporters encouraging me to run for the United States Senate," Abbott said in a news release.

"My current job commitments at the University of Maine are something that I take very seriously and something that I truly enjoy," Abbott said. "It would be irresponsible of me to leave just as we are launching so many great projects for our athletic department."


It sounds like he will run in 2014 if Collins steps down.

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 04:29 PM

10. big concern

If one of those assuage independents show up, sure as shit the vote will be divided &we will get some teajerk in there. Perhaps Pingree's money will keep them out.

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 04:32 PM

11. Peter Mills has said no.

Looks like Rick Bennett, and D'Amboise are all in so far.

AG Schneider, Treasurer Poliquin, and Sec of State Summers are all "considering."

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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 04:39 PM

12. The GOP field starts to take shape

Portland Press Herald

Maine Secretary of State Charles Summers, State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin and ex-Maine Senate President Rick Bennett each took out papers early Friday afternoon, said Megan Sanborn, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office.

Assistant Maine Senate Majority Leader Deb Plowman, another Republican, said Friday she is also thinking about jumping into the race.

Plowman had already taken out papers to run against U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, in the 2nd District. But she appears to be reconsidering after Maine Senate President Kevin Raye opted against a Senate run to also try to win the 2nd District.


Also, Hannah Pingree may go for the CD1 seat.

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Response to ticapnews (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 11:40 PM

13. WEAK GOP field.

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Response to ticapnews (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 11:41 AM

14. Go Poliquin! Go Plowman!

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