Maine Politics

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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Possible Possibles

The PPH speculates today on who will be the Republican challenging Governor Baldacci in 2006.

Most of the prospective candidates who were interviewed Monday said it is too early to make such a decision, although former Republican state Sen. Philip Harriman, who helped to lead the failed campaign for a tax cap in November, ruled out a bid for governor in 2006.

Topping the list of possible Republican contenders is Peter Cianchette, who placed a credible second to Baldacci in 2002. Cianchette said Monday that he is "certainly going to give it consideration" but does not expect to make a decision before September.

Other Republicans mentioned as possible candidates include former U.S. Rep. David Emery, former state Senate President Richard Bennett and the current minority leader in the state Senate, Paul Davis of Sangerville.

Bennett could not be reached for comment Monday. Davis said he will not decide what to do until late this year. Emery said it is "highly unlikely" that he will run.

That's bad news to any of you who had Harriman at the top of your roster for the Maine Republican Politicians Fantasy League.

The article also mentions Jonathan Carter, Roxanne Quimby, and John Eder (who describes Baldacci as an "awesome politician") as possible Green party candidates.

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That was a dirty trick. For a second I thought I could really put together a team. 

Posted by Ryan

2/01/2005 12:48:00 PM


I had Henry Joy at the top of my list 

Posted by weenie

2/01/2005 04:33:00 PM


I think Greens would be foolish to run Eder, as he then would have to give up his seat in the House. It would be smarter to run Stephen Spring, as state law allows him to continue to hold his school board seat and run for state office at the same time. But then, I think Spring would have a good chance at Dudley's seat next year, particularly if the Dems have a bloody primary between Nielan, O'Donnell and Rand as early rumors predict.

Carter will always be a good choice, as the Greens only need to break 5% to maintain party status, and Carter got 15% in 2002.  

Posted by MB

2/05/2005 07:54:00 AM



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