The PPH today examines Strimling's contrarianism and his prospects for higher office.
Strimling is comfortable taking a stance others lawmakers may shy away from. He has drawn the ire of business leaders, conservative Christians and members of his own party. The senator is now opposing the Democratic governor's plan to sell future lottery revenue to balance the state budget - a key vote in a closely divided state Senate [...]
Colleagues describe the senator as articulate, smart and handsome. They are quick to add that such qualities do not guarantee advancement in Maine politics. State party chairman Patrick Colwell said Strimling is a rising star in Cumberland County but questioned whether he could attract support beyond its borders.
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