Skip to comments.Angus King (Maine) may flip to GOP in 2015
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.
Ill 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.
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There’s no doubt an element of opportunism in this, but if he pads our numbers, fine with me.
How did he become a uncaring, warmongering, sexist, racist, homophobe so quickly?
LOL, I think reading the polls had something to do with it.
That would be sweet !!!
We don’t need more lefties with an R we need less of them!
Wow. Real core principles there. I am underwhelmed.
I’m sure he is as principled and stalwart a man as 90% of the present Republicans.
Tell him to please remain a ‘rat.
Great, another RINO.
You’ll have to give this whore credit for being upfront—he’s completely devoid of principle.
As I said on an earlier thread..Angus ..Go away y’er a Moron.
We (or at least I) don’t want the opportunistic prick.
Is he related to Colonel Angus?
Just what we need . . . another GOP member with no principles.
Global warming denier, too?
WE have enough Republican anuses as it is. Why do we need a King Anus?
He’s a scumbag Maine liberal.
Agreed. More fair-weather republicrats is exactly what this country needs. /s
What a standup guy - if the ‘pubs take power in 2014, he’ll go with ‘em - and I thought ‘rats were slimy opportunists......
WE don’t want him - don’t need him.
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.
atrategy? to give the rats an extra vote stolen from the GOP side - a RAT shill
There. I fixed it.
Ugh. We don’t want him.
Ill make my decision at the time based on what I think is best for Maine me, King told The Hill...
There. I fixed it.
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?
To quote Hillary: “What difference at this point does it make?”
He'll treat the environment like a King!
Is it dirty Angus Magee, or dirty Dingus Magee?
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?
Meant to ping you too.
well... it is politics, after all...
what do you think of this guy?
At least he’s honest about lust for power........
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."
Whatever weakens the dems is fine with me.
He is a leftist opportunist. Much loved by the trust funder Prius set.
Last thing you want is another liberal in the republican ranks
This will drive the moonbats crazzzzy. So go for it Angus.
I support just about any action or activity that drives moonbats batty.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tell him to please remain a rat.
Why? Anything that causes grief for Harry Reid and Dick Durbin makes me happy.
..this dude is only out for himself
So??? Who shives a git?