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Angus King tells potential donors: No promises on party affiliation (Maine U.S. Senate race)
Politico ^ | June 15, 2012 | Alexander Burns

Posted on 06/16/2012 7:36:15 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Former Maine Gov. Angus King told a series of gatherings in Washington this week that he really, truly hasn’t decided which party he’d caucus with next year if elected to the Senate, according to four lobbyists who attended events with King.

King is seeking the open Senate seat of retiring GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe. He has insisted that he’s keeping an open mind about his caucus affiliation, though he has endorsed President Barack Obama for reelection.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Maine
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1 posted on 06/16/2012 7:36:28 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: maine-iac7; mainerforglobalwarming; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; ...

If he’s endorsed Obama for reelection, that tells us everything we need to know.


2 posted on 06/16/2012 7:37:59 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Didn’t Maine elect a pretty conservative governor? What gives?


3 posted on 06/16/2012 7:38:53 AM PDT by MattinNJ (Romney? Really? Seriously?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Uncertain of Party affiliation?
Running to replace Snowe?

How would we notice the difference?


4 posted on 06/16/2012 7:41:22 AM PDT by G Larry
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To: Clintonfatigued

WTH is the matter with Maine and these idiots they elect? (except for their governor)


5 posted on 06/16/2012 7:43:18 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: Clintonfatigued
"Elect me and then I will tell you what I stand for!"

Sounds like a 'Rat to me.

6 posted on 06/16/2012 7:44:15 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Clintonfatigued

It would be hard to find a more blatant example of a ‘rat tacking right to get elected, before the lurch to the wrong.. I mean, left.


7 posted on 06/16/2012 7:44:32 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Clintonfatigued
Translation...I am a liberal...


8 posted on 06/16/2012 7:46:03 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Clintonfatigued

As was very telling during the 2010 elections, if they won’t tell you which party they’re affiliated with up front then they’re democrats.


9 posted on 06/16/2012 7:47:37 AM PDT by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Just by reading this short bit, we know this guy is shuck and jive, or he needs to grow a pair. Don’t count on the latter, because it requires principles, and obviously he doesn’t have any. And while foolish people can almost be excused for voting for Obama the first time, foolish people being what they are, there is no escaping the idiot label for those doing it a second time. As a replacement for Olympia Snowe, he is status quo. Maine can do better.


10 posted on 06/16/2012 7:49:49 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Clintonfatigued

“If you are neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”


11 posted on 06/16/2012 7:50:26 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

R A T


12 posted on 06/16/2012 7:51:00 AM PDT by evad (STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING. It's the SPENDING Stupid)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The one that pays the most. He should declare before he has any thoughts of running.


13 posted on 06/16/2012 7:51:41 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Clintonfatigued

A LITTLE CONFUSED aren’t you there, Angus?


14 posted on 06/16/2012 7:52:31 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Can’t decide on a political party.

He’s not sure if he is for America or against America.


15 posted on 06/16/2012 8:02:06 AM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: Iron Munro

He is lying.


16 posted on 06/16/2012 8:04:34 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: silverleaf

At some point one must suspect the electorate.


17 posted on 06/16/2012 8:18:37 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Clintonfatigued
He has insisted that he’s keeping an open mind about his caucus affiliation, though he has endorsed President Barack Obama for reelection.

Lets see...I think he'll join the LIBERTARIAN PARTY, because you know LIBERTARIANS will help Oblame-o win this year.

18 posted on 06/16/2012 8:32:29 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

King was meeting with a bunch of lobbyists. His party affiliation isn’t important. Lobbyists just needed assurance King is a whore like the rest of Congress.


19 posted on 06/16/2012 8:43:10 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Iron Munro

I can’t recall any so called Independents ever caucussing with Republians. Am I wrong. Leiberman, Sanders, Anderson....


20 posted on 06/16/2012 8:43:51 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: MattinNJ

The conservative Governor was just elected in 2008 with a 38% plurality in a race with four serious candidates. Republicans did very, very well in Maine in 2010. Was that a short-term reaction to Obama or part of longer trend? It’s too soon to say.


21 posted on 06/16/2012 9:04:51 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: darkwing104

Naaaaaaaaaaah.
I’m a liberal but just don’t use the word.


22 posted on 06/16/2012 9:08:47 AM PDT by Flintlock (THE TRUTH: It's the new hate speech..)
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To: taterjay
I can’t recall any so called Independents ever caucussing with Republians. Am I wrong. Leiberman, Sanders, Anderson....

Murkowski in Alaska, and the guy who ran against Scozzafava would have, had he won. At the state level, I think there are some AIP-tyes who do it.

egarding Angus King, he was an independent governor of Maine years ago, so people know him already. I recall him generally being pretty popular.
23 posted on 06/16/2012 9:25:23 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("You forget, it isn't who you claim, but instead, who claims you. We don't claim you!")
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To: Clintonfatigued

Angus King may be the G-man. After all he does have a G between the AN and the US which Olypia Snowe did not have.


24 posted on 06/16/2012 9:32:41 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: taterjay
If you go back far enough, James Buckley was elected Senator on New York's Conservative Party ticket in 1970 and caucused with the Republicans. Harry F. Byrd, Jr. was reelected Senator from Virginia in the same year as an Independent and caucused with the Democrats. I was surprised to learn that he is still alive at 98 and is the oldest living ex-Senator.

More recently, Bob Smith of New Hampshire left the Republican party and refused to caucus with them, but kept his committee assignments which he got as a member of that party. Bob was going through a strange phase back then. There's also speculation as to what Charlie Christ might have done if he was elected to the Senate from Florida as and Independent last time around.

There's an article here that gives a rundown, and speculates that King would caucus with the Democrats if he was elected as an Independent.

25 posted on 06/16/2012 9:37:35 AM PDT by x
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To: Clintonfatigued
He has insisted that he’s keeping an open mind about his caucus affiliation, though he has endorsed President Barack Obama for reelection.

So, communist - got it.

26 posted on 06/16/2012 9:49:25 AM PDT by mykroar (October race riots bring November martial law.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Sweeeeet. In a two way race, the Democrat wins. In a three way race, with this jamoke running as an independent, the Republican wins. I wonder if he is a Republican straw.


27 posted on 06/16/2012 10:03:14 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: mykroar

I believe he has contributed to Obambi previously, as well.


28 posted on 06/16/2012 10:46:00 AM PDT by Zman (Liberals: denying reality since Day One.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I got behind a car today sporting an Obama sticker directly over a King sticker. I had to laugh both because the message read Obama King and second this is good news because the liberal vote is divided.


29 posted on 06/16/2012 1:15:25 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; unkus; All

“If he’s endorsed Obama for reelection, that tells us everything we need to know.”

Exactly. Also, King was officially a RAT before he “switched” to IND - remember that.


30 posted on 06/17/2012 5:14:20 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; campaignPete R-CT

Democrats are ignoring their own candidate. That means privately they know for a fact that if they need him he’ll be there for them.

But if we win 51 or more and he’s there watch him “try to do what’s best for my constituents” and try to get with the GOP.


31 posted on 06/18/2012 5:15:22 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; Clintonfatigued; campaignPete R-CT

Yep...


32 posted on 06/18/2012 5:30:49 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; Clintonfatigued; campaignPete R-CT; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj

New poll, it’s from Boston’s NPR affiliate so.....yeah.

But anyway it’s bad

King 50
Summers 23
Dill 9

I’m most concerned with the low number for Dill, if she only takes 9% from King I don’t see him losing.

The same sample has

Obama 48%

Glove 34%


33 posted on 06/20/2012 12:14:23 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

According to the Portland Press Herald, King, who was a supporter of George W. Bush in 2000 (but endorsed John Kerry in 2004), endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election, stating that the Illinois Democrat “...leads with hope and not through fear.” King stated on March 9, 2012, that he believed Obama should be re-elected, stating that he made his decision after “seeing the likely alternatives”.


34 posted on 06/20/2012 12:24:44 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Impy; randita; GOPsterinMA; mainerforglobalwarming; maine-iac7

“But anyway it’s bad”

It’s bad, but it’s not surprising. Angus King is the only candidate who has any name recognition at this point. Third-party candidates usually fade in the stretch. Also, with the Presidential election polarizing the public and the grass roots being highly active, that will cause voters to fall into their traditional party lines.


35 posted on 06/20/2012 4:08:03 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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