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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