Maine Politics

From the Piscataqua to the St. John

Monday, October 03, 2005

Cianchette Out of the Governor's Race

He sent an email to supporters today.
I wanted you to be among the first to know that I’m announcing today that I will no longer seek the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2006. This has been a very difficult but thoroughly considered decision, and I want to share my reasons for this development with you directly.

After several months on the campaign trail, I have determined that the commitment required for a year-long campaign and then to govern the state is greater than I can give at this time in my life. I believe strongly in the importance and value of public service, and I also believe that that must come in the right season of one’s life. After honestly reflecting on these past several months I have concluded that this is not the right time for me.

While I may have the chance to seek public office again someday, I know that I only have one opportunity to be there with my children during some of the most important years of their young lives. I don’t want to miss that.

Visit the new Maine Politics.


That family thing is bs. Speculative real reasons: 1) Business opportunities he can't pass up (Cianbros Katrina work?) 2) Scandal 3) Snowe's health won't allow her to run for senate 4) Collins is going to run for governor. If anybody can think of anything better please comment, but the family thing is the biggest cop-out ever. 

Posted by rob sickel

10/03/2005 08:20:00 PM


Cianchette never wanted to announce when he did. His intent was to try to freeze others out of the Republican race so he could make up his mind late this year. He got spooked in July because Kevin Hancock was telling people he was about to announce. Cianchette got into the race to try to keep Hancock and others out. As it turned out, Hancock decided not to run. Once Cianchette got into the race, he realized that he did not have the fire in the belly and had made a mistake.  

Posted by George

10/03/2005 09:46:00 PM


So its Peter Mills (R), running on the left  of no-tax-increase John Baldacci (D). 

Posted by Eric

10/03/2005 09:52:00 PM


George is right in his analysis: the guy just didn't have the fire. Peter Mills is a sharp cookie that the Baldacci organization will have a hard time remaking into a conservative kook.  

Posted by Thinker

10/06/2005 07:47:00 AM


Maine people have paid 1.14 billion dollars more in taxes and fees under Baldacci. Them's the facts. 

Posted by Bob

10/06/2005 08:26:00 PM


I am a democrate who voted for Peter Mills. I am also an advocate for Ending Poverty I will vote for the person who gets how to end poverty.

Hospitality House Inc. is working toward that goal. It will take many hands& minds to change attitudes to where worker are paid enough to cover basic needs; clothes, rent food,medical, transportation.

With your help And the Governor being open to a factual understanding, Minimum Wage will change to being the cost of living plus a vaction, or recreation.
We call this campaign "Respect Our Workers".

To fix what is wrong with our state General Assistance and zoning laws all laws will have to be fairly applied as written.

Today and 50 years ago states with GA turned away people who in fact qualify for assistance. This hidden fact increases Homelessness and hunger. We seek your help to bring this fact to the publics attention. Some of us live all our lives with inadequate pay. Its time to pay everyone the elderly, the disabled the wefare Mom enough to cover our needs. Whether we flip burgers or are nurses and well paid doctors, we must be paid the amount it cost to live in a modest modest style.

Jan LightfoottLane.  

Posted by janshouse

10/26/2005 10:31:00 AM


If we want to increase our minimum wage how about relieving some business tax burden. Come to think of it that would help businesses insure more people, maybe even expand and grow, and maybe just maybe new businesses would come. I really love it when Baldacci insist more educated people will bring more buisness to the state. Where did he get his business degree? OH YEAH HE DIDN'T. Any moron knows graduates go to businesses not the other way around! Lets face it our economy sucks because our government sucks it dry. I think we need to admit to ourselves that people need help but they also need to repay society by not becoming a burden to it. I'm not talking about truly disabled individuals. I'm talking about people with poor me, I'm in the redzone attitude. STOP THINKING YOUR THE ONLY ONE, YOUR NOT!!!! On a different note is alcoholism a true disease? If so wouldn't smoking cigarettes also be a disease considering it is an addiction? Why don't we give people who smoke cigarettes disability benefits we do it for alcoholics? WHY IS OUR GOVERNMENT SO STUPID!!!! Can anyone answer that? If so please leave your remarks. 

Posted by Tim Pratt

11/28/2005 12:35:00 AM


Let me start by saying I vote for the person not the party. I have just moved up to my wife’s home state of Maine. I am originally from the South were our taxes are of the lowest in the country and were the median income is as much or greater than most of Maine. I am wondering how the people of this great state have let the (D) go unchecked when it comes to income taxes 8.5 % plus outrageous property taxes. Something has to be done. Has anyone seen the new census people, as well as businesses are moving away because of the taxation (Looking at it in basic economics). The Baldacci administration has ruined the healthcare industry (insurance).Because of Dirago my premiums on my insurance are going up 33.243% 1/1/06. When I was away my premiums for my wife and I were $20 now in January the will be $550. (That is the same insurance coverage same everything only difference was I live in Maine.)Let’s vote Baldacci out. Let people, who can, take care of them selves and not be babied by the government. I would like to say Thank You:

Posted by Aubrey King

12/22/2005 02:36:00 PM


I am sad that Mr. Cianchette dropped out of the race. He was my choice. I was hoping that he would trun around many of the wacky and wild spending programs Mr. Baldacci put in place. I do hope he will run in a more conveniant time in his life. 

Posted by Silence Dogood

1/05/2006 11:46:00 AM



<< Return to Home Page