Angus King considering run for Snowe's Senate seat

BRUNSWICK — Former Gov. Angus King said Wednesday he's considering running for the U.S. Senate, filling a void left by Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, who announced Tuesday she's not running for re-election in November.

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"Yes, I'm considering it,” King said. “I haven't decided. I'm talking to people, fielding emails and calls, giving it serious consideration, because the very reason why Olympia left office is why I think we need a different approach.”

Snowe, who is a Republican moderate, said she's leaving office because she's weary of the polarization in Congress, and finds "it frustrating . . . that an atmosphere of polarization and 'my way or the highway' has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions.”

King said he'd try to build a nonpartisan approach in the Senate, an atmosphere of “let's solve the problems and quit yelling at each other. I think the public wants the schools fixed, Medicare fixed,” King said. “I don't think they care about the label of the person trying to fix them.”

Snowe's abrupt departure will make it hard for Democrats and Republicans to collect signatures by the March 15 deadline to get on the ballot.

Not so much for King. As an independent, he has until June to collect 4,000 signatures to get on November's ballot. “It's one of the only times in world history that the rules” benefit an independent, King said.

King cautioned that his mind is not made up. “It is not an easy decision. It's a huge commitment, and not one I was contemplating. I'm just trying to understand the consequences.” But he said he thinks more reasoned voices in Washington could help.

The “broken nature of our political system is a serious problem,” King said. “It's driving me to consider it.”

King was popular governor who enjoyed high ratings.

Peter Mills, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate who now heads the Maine Turnpike Authority, said one big challenge "for both of the parties is to nominate someone who can beat Angus King."

"His name recognition is strong," Mills said. "On the other hand, both national parties will be committing huge sums to capture the seat."

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Big Spender

Angus presided over the largest expansion of Maine government in history. I shudder to think of Obama and King in Washington at the same time. We'll be going to Dunkin' Donuts with a suitcase of money to buy a coffee.

Oh well, at $104 trillion in unfunded liabilities piled on our kids and grandkids shoulders, let's party like it's 1999!

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You are a piece of work

I wont call you "stupid." I don't have to as the readers have already figured that out.

I heard tonight Blad-dummy is

I heard tonight Blad-dummy is interested. God help us.

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Windbag

You screwed us when you were Governor, your screwing us now with your windmills maybe it's time for us to send you packing .

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Ya got my support Angus, how can I help?

As a bi-annual visitor to Prince Edward Island (PEI) in Canada I'd disagree with Joanne's statements. The island is full of windmills that are quiet & beautiful, haunting yet mesmerizing and do not detract from the pristine beauty of Anne of Green Gables home. We were a parking lot for Massachusetts way before Angus got politically active...that happened when we got greedy and sold our land & homes to the guy who paid the big bucks to us, which then drove our real taxes values & taxes higher. Marilyn in Harpswell

JOANNE MOORE's picture

Angus King?

The Angus King that takes subsidies (taxpayer dollars)for his windmill scam? A scam that privatizes profit and socializes the costs. THAT Angus King? Hasn't he got his hands full destroying Maine's environment?
What's his plan? Turn Maine into a parking lot for Massachusetts?

Tourism is Maine's biggest industry. Windmills as far as the eye can see will cause thousands to lose jobs as businesses close because people from away come here for our pristine beauty, not to see just another industrialized and polluted vista. If he can't understand that simple fact, if he cares more about promoting himself and his wacko scam and not about the unique place we are and the people who live here, then he does not deserve to be a senator. We have enough people from both sides of the aisle with their hands out for our tax dollars who do not give a damn about us. Why add another?

Jason Theriault's picture

Yes, that Angus King

Yup, that Angus King.

The one who putting up windmills, which +80% of Mainer are in favor of. Sooooo, 100%-80% = 20% against. Sounds like a winning strategy to me.

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can LSJ publish the survey results again?

Jason, show the link to original survey.
First Wind paid for the Wind question. but the other results show 55% of survey takers do not really know and want more education.

Windfall Movie a documentary of turbines in a small town. Dixfield, this Sunday at 2 pm.

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can LSJ publish the survey results again?

Jason, show the link to original survey.
First Wind paid for the Wind question. but the other results show 55% of survey takers do not really know and want more education.

Windfall Movie a documentary of turbines in a small town. Dixfield, this Sunday at 2 pm.

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