Maine Politics

From the Piscataqua to the St. John

Sunday, January 30, 2005

[Insert Candidate Here] in 2006!

The BDN examines some of the "maybes" to run against Baldacci in 2006.

So far away from Election Day, the potential cast of contenders is long.

On the Republican side, the "maybe" list includes the party's 2002 nominee, Peter Cianchette, former 2nd Congressional District candidate Brian Hamel, Senate Minority Leader Paul Davis, and even U.S. Sen. Susan Collins... and many more names have been bandied about, including Kevin Hancock, the president of Hancock Lumber Co. in Casco, as well as state Sens. Kevin Raye of Perry and Carol Weston of Montville...

Whoever decides to run - unless they are independently wealthy - will need to make up their minds by September of this year in order to raise enough money to be competitive against a sitting governor, Hodgkins said.
In the 2002 governor's race Baldacci, Cianchette and Carter spent more than $3.2 million combined.

The only thing, besides Baldacci's candidacy, that seems certain is the potential for a three-way race, with Maine's Green Independent Party poised to lose its official status unless it fields a candidate who earns more than 5 percent of the vote in either the governor's race or the race for U.S. Senate - the only statewide contests on the 2006 ballot.

Several names have been mentioned as possible Green candidates for governor, including preservationist and Burt's Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby and Pat LaMarche, the Green vice presidential nominee in 2004.

In other news, ("Lessons taught by Muskie desperately needed today") Washington needs to be more like Maine.

Visit the new Maine Politics.


It's hard to see which Republican could really catch fire against Baldacci...I think their biggest hope would be for the Greens to pull votes away from him... 

Posted by Marc

1/30/2005 08:27:00 PM


Interesting article on the "Muskie Model" As a Mainer living in New York I appreciate your commentary and pointings to relevant articles. The art of education and debate which leads to bi-partisan decision-making certainly seems to be missing these days in Washington. 

Posted by Melissa

1/31/2005 12:48:00 PM


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1/31/2005 01:09:00 PM


I agree with you, Marc, the Republicans don't really have any good issues to run on against Baldacci. It'll be interesting to see what kind of campaign they can put together.

Melissa, I'm glad you enjoy the site. I think often you have to leave Maine to understand how special it is. 

Posted by Mike

1/31/2005 01:33:00 PM


I totally agree about appreciating Maine after leaving. I go to school in DC, and I think my love and appreciation for home (in Biddeford and the Portland area as a whole) has skyrocketed since coming out here. I love DC, but its not the same.

I still vote here though, so I'm pretty psyched to see a Maine politics blog that isn't As Maine Goes... 

Posted by Marc

2/01/2005 01:51:00 AM



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