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Angus King (Maine) may flip to GOP in 2015
The Hill ^ | March 10, 2014 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 04/10/2014 4:35:17 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether to switch sides and join the Republicans.

He is leaving open the possibility of aligning himself with the GOP if control of the upper chamber changes hands.

“I’ll make my decision at the time based on what I think is best for Maine,” King told The Hill Wednesday after voting with Republicans to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure at the center for the 2014 Democratic campaign agenda.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: angusking; independents; me2015; realignment; thirdparty

1 posted on 04/10/2014 4:35:17 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

::::Yawn:::::
Freegards
LEX


2 posted on 04/10/2014 4:36:16 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; ...

There’s no doubt an element of opportunism in this, but if he pads our numbers, fine with me.


3 posted on 04/10/2014 4:36:16 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued

How did he become a uncaring, warmongering, sexist, racist, homophobe so quickly?


4 posted on 04/10/2014 4:36:58 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

LOL, I think reading the polls had something to do with it.


5 posted on 04/10/2014 4:37:58 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Maybe he will pull a jumping Jim Jefford....

That would be sweet !!!

6 posted on 04/10/2014 4:39:27 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Clintonfatigued

We don’t need more lefties with an R we need less of them!


7 posted on 04/10/2014 4:40:04 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Wow. Real core principles there. I am underwhelmed.


8 posted on 04/10/2014 4:41:09 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m sure he is as principled and stalwart a man as 90% of the present Republicans.


9 posted on 04/10/2014 4:42:04 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Clintonfatigued

Tell him to please remain a ‘rat.


10 posted on 04/10/2014 4:43:04 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Clintonfatigued

Great, another RINO.


11 posted on 04/10/2014 4:43:12 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Clintonfatigued

You’ll have to give this whore credit for being upfront—he’s completely devoid of principle.


12 posted on 04/10/2014 4:44:01 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Paladin2

As I said on an earlier thread..Angus ..Go away y’er a Moron.


13 posted on 04/10/2014 4:46:42 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: Clintonfatigued

We (or at least I) don’t want the opportunistic prick.


14 posted on 04/10/2014 4:46:49 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Is he related to Colonel Angus?


15 posted on 04/10/2014 4:47:45 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Just what we need . . . another GOP member with no principles.


16 posted on 04/10/2014 4:50:59 PM PDT by YHAOS
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Global warming denier, too?


17 posted on 04/10/2014 4:51:03 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Clintonfatigued

WE have enough Republican anuses as it is. Why do we need a King Anus?


18 posted on 04/10/2014 4:51:35 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

He’s a scumbag Maine liberal.


19 posted on 04/10/2014 4:52:05 PM PDT by maineman (BC EAGLES FAN)
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To: Clintonfatigued
” If you like hanging with the winning party - You can keep ( I mean SWITCH to) your winning Party”
20 posted on 04/10/2014 4:52:10 PM PDT by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: originalbuckeye
Wow. Real core principles there. I am underwhelmed.

Agreed. More fair-weather republicrats is exactly what this country needs. /s

21 posted on 04/10/2014 4:54:58 PM PDT by awelliott (What one generation tolerates, the next embraces....)
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To: Clintonfatigued

What a standup guy - if the ‘pubs take power in 2014, he’ll go with ‘em - and I thought ‘rats were slimy opportunists......


22 posted on 04/10/2014 4:58:07 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Clintonfatigued

WE don’t want him - don’t need him.
Pond scum.


23 posted on 04/10/2014 5:06:48 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: Clintonfatigued

So..has he been caucusing with the Republicans or the Democrats up until now? If he’s been caucusing with Democrats, his switch to the GOP is only for one reason: feed info to the enemy camp.


24 posted on 04/10/2014 5:08:07 PM PDT by antonico
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To: Clintonfatigued

atrategy? to give the rats an extra vote stolen from the GOP side - a RAT shill


25 posted on 04/10/2014 5:09:00 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: Clintonfatigued
“I’ll make my decision at the time based on what I think is best for Maine me,” King told The Hill...

There. I fixed it.

26 posted on 04/10/2014 5:23:49 PM PDT by Gritty (Gun controllers aren't afraid of guns but a country where the individual has power-Dan Greenfield)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Ugh. We don’t want him.


27 posted on 04/10/2014 5:24:35 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Gritty

“I’ll make my decision at the time based on what I think is best for Maine me,” King told The Hill...

There. I fixed it.

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Exactly...this dude is only out for himself...nor core convictions at all... well other than me first.

Maine...Really? Can’t do better than this self-serving loser?


28 posted on 04/10/2014 5:31:55 PM PDT by conservaKate (R got it wrong in 2012. We must get it right in 2014 & 2016.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

To quote Hillary: “What difference at this point does it make?”


29 posted on 04/10/2014 5:33:02 PM PDT by uncitizen (Impeach the Communist Already!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
As they say in Los Angeles:

He'll treat the environment like a King!

30 posted on 04/10/2014 5:56:42 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: clintonh8r
Is he related to Colonel Angus?

Is it dirty Angus Magee, or dirty Dingus Magee?

31 posted on 04/10/2014 6:01:06 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; campaignPete R-CT; GOPsterinMA; randita; ...

Ehhhhhhh, even Susie Collins looks conservative standing to next to that a-hole.

If we need him for 51, that’s one thing. If not, do you we want him taking up GOP committee spots?

Does he plan to keep switching back and forth to whatever side has the majority?


32 posted on 04/10/2014 6:24:21 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: BillyBoy

Meant to ping you too.


33 posted on 04/10/2014 6:26:13 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Clintonfatigued
There’s no doubt an element of opportunism in this, but if he pads our numbers, fine with me.

well... it is politics, after all...

34 posted on 04/10/2014 6:29:31 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Maine Mariner

what do you think of this guy?


35 posted on 04/10/2014 6:34:58 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Clintonfatigued

At least he’s honest about lust for power........


36 posted on 04/10/2014 6:47:54 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Clintonfatigued
He's not up for reelection this year, so the fact is, unfortunately, that his vote is there regardless of where he chooses to caucus. That being the case, if he wants to vote against Harry Reid, vote in favor of Republicans organizing the chamber, and count as another body in favor of shifting the committee ratios our way, I would happily accept his switch. He's there either way. Might as well get at least a little good out of him.

The real question is, what will the Maine GOP do when he is next up? Will he be primaried? (One would hope so, unless he turns into a reliable conservative vote.) And will the party committees support a more conservative challenger. (Again, one would hope so, unless ....)

These questions will presumably be discussed before any switch occurs. The conversation should go something like this:

"Angus, my friend, we're glad to have you aboard. Are you planning on running again? And if you are, and if you hope to have party support, here are the conditions: you WILL NOT bug out on any close procedural vote, now or in the future; you WILL vote with the leadership on ALL cloture motions; you WILL vote to repeal Obamacare, and [add your own piece of flesh]. IF you do these things, the party will consider treating you as an incumbent. But one inch out of line, and we'll do our best to dump you."

37 posted on 04/10/2014 6:56:28 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: Clintonfatigued

Whatever weakens the dems is fine with me.


38 posted on 04/10/2014 6:56:35 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: antonico

He is a leftist opportunist. Much loved by the trust funder Prius set.


39 posted on 04/10/2014 7:01:32 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Last thing you want is another liberal in the republican ranks


40 posted on 04/10/2014 7:07:39 PM PDT by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

This will drive the moonbats crazzzzy. So go for it Angus.
I support just about any action or activity that drives moonbats batty.


41 posted on 04/10/2014 7:24:26 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Impy

Mr. Principles is just whoring himself out to whichever party controls the Senate, so he’ll have more clout in government.

Personally I wouldn’t mind if he remains “Independent” and simply votes with the GOP for organizational purposes to pad our numbers, but I wouldn’t want this guy to “switch” parties and ever formally attend Republican strategy sessions. We don’t need any more RINOs influencing GOP Senators.


42 posted on 04/10/2014 8:24:47 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: Impy
>> even Susie Collins looks conservative standing to next to that a-hole. <<

I never understood why Angus King considers himself to be an "Independent" anyway. His positions seem pretty reliably RAT to me -- pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-Obamacare, pro-tree hugging, pro-teachers unions, anti-House spending cuts, anti-ANWR drilling, etc. If that's "centrist", I'd hate to see what this guy considers to be liberal.

At least that lunatic Bernie Sanders runs as an "independent" because he's a proud card-carrying Socialist and the RAT party isn't liberal ENOUGH for him. Also, as much I dislike loudmouth idiot Jesse Ventura, he was pretty much a "moderate Libertarian" (if there is such a thing) and supported the GOP on some issues like property tax cuts, sales tax rebate, gun rights, and he was royally pi$$ed at the RATs for the Wellstone funerally.

But how is King any different from a typical RAT? Because he's from the "private sector"? So is Al Franken, but I don't see that douchebag claiming to be "Independent"

43 posted on 04/10/2014 8:39:27 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: Fido969

Take the pawn and cut him loose when you want. You play to win. Nancy Pelosi is smarte then lot’s on this board. She got her pawns...passed Obamcare then sacrificed them.


44 posted on 04/10/2014 8:49:58 PM PDT by Blackirish
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To: BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; campaignPete R-CT; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj

He started out as a rich guy buying the Governorship, it was easier for him to just bypass the party primaries and run as an indie. He wouldn’t have won the rat primary in 1994 over Joe Brennan. He possibly could have won the GOP primary (over Collins and others).

Given that they almost all endorsed him anyway be probably would have easily won the rat primary for Senate in 2012. Since most of us thought we’d be taking the Senate he probably wanted to hedge his bet. I bet he’s an ego-maniac.

I doubt very much he’d ever joined the GOP, as you say it would just be organizing with us. But unless he promised he wasn’t going back to the rats if they gained a few seats next time, I’d tell him to go screw.


45 posted on 04/10/2014 10:56:17 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

I was in Maine the night he won the Governorship 20 years ago (yikes, was it THAT long ago ?). Maine was one of only two states with open Governorships that flipped away from the GOP (Alaska being the other), although it wasn’t much of a surprise, since the GOP nominee (Susan Collins) was running a distant 3rd (I believe she received the lowest percent for a Republican nominee for Governor in that election cycle, a paltry 23%, only to be outdone by the hapless ex-Congressman Jim Longley, Jr. in 1998, who didn’t even get 19%, although the Dem candidate got a jaw-dropping 12% (!).

Still, it was not considered a “hold” for the GOP (outgoing liberal Republican Jock McKernan was no prize... it’s curious he’s never sought elective office again).

Had King run in one of the party primaries, as a liberal, it would’ve made more sense for him to run as a Democrat, although perhaps he could’ve gotten the GOP nod. Ultimately, I believe he took more votes from the GOP side than from the Dem side (although he still edged out the leftist Joe Brennan by just 1 1/2%).

He probably could get away with caucusing with the GOP without formally switching parties, though the likelihood is that there will be pressure by the ME GOP to run a desultory nominee in 2018, since if they don’t, if the Dems run a strong nominee, they’ll take the seat back with a plurality of the vote.


46 posted on 04/10/2014 11:39:21 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Impy

Why the hell can’t he just go back to whatever hole he crawled out of and leave the people of Maine, and the Republicans alone.

He’s nothing but a political whore and a socialist dirtbag.


47 posted on 04/11/2014 6:10:43 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Maine is clearly a state with weak party organization. Big Perot vote back the day (Bush came in third), multiple third party/indie candidates for Governor.


48 posted on 04/11/2014 8:59:35 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Paladin2

Tell him to please remain a ‘rat.
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Why? Anything that causes grief for Harry Reid and Dick Durbin makes me happy.


49 posted on 04/13/2014 12:24:46 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: conservaKate

..this dude is only out for himself
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So??? Who shives a git?


50 posted on 04/13/2014 12:26:47 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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