M. Armstrong: King was a big spender

Like a recurrent summer cold, former Gov. Angus King is back and on the campaign trail. He is running as an independent again, since there is no official masquerade party.

Some may not remember that it was King’s convincing impersonation of Jim Longley that got him elected in the first place.

In 1974, Longley came from behind at the last minute to beat both major party candidates with a flurry of television ads in which he talked common sense, promised to run the state like a business and closed emphatically with the line, “Think about it!”

Longley took his commitment seriously, cutting spending and eliminating waste to such a degree that he became beloved by taxpayers and loathed by bureaucrats.

Unfortunately, King’s uncanny resemblance to Longley ended abruptly with King’s campaign. The state budget nearly doubled, government grew and bureaucracies bloated under his watch.

Still, King is a smooth talker and genuinely seems like a nice guy. Most likely he would be happy to give away the shirt off your back, something he proved the year it rained down free computers on Maine middle-school children.

Can anyone imagine the damage a big spender like King could do in Washington?

Gov. Paul LePage and the Legislature are working hard to extract the state from the economic hole that King had a big part in digging. People have way more government than they can afford. Does it make any sense to recycle a big spender like King to the Senate?

Think about it.

Mark Armstrong, Lisbon

Like a recurrent summer cold, Angus King is back and on the campaign trail. He is running as an independent again, since there is no official masquerade party.

Some may not remember that it was King’s convincing impersonation of Jim Longley that got him elected in the first place.

In 1974, Longley came from behind at the last minute to beat both major party candidates with a flurry of television ads where he talked common sense, promised to run the state like a business and closed emphatically with the line, “Think about it!”

Longley took his commitment seriously, cutting spending and eliminating waste to such a degree that he became beloved by taxpayers and loathed by bureaucrats.

Unfortunately, King’s uncanny resemblance to Longley ended abruptly with King’s campaign. The state budget nearly doubled, government grew and bureaucracies bloated under his watch.

Still, King is a smooth talker and genuinely seems like a nice guy. Most likely he would be happy to give away the shirt off your back, something he proved the year it rained down free computers on Maine middle school children.

Can anyone imagine the damage a big spender like King could do in Washington?

Gov. Paul LePage and the Legislature are working hard to extract the state from the economic hole that King had a big part in digging. People have way more government than they can afford. Does it make any sense to recycle a big spender like King to the Senate?

Think about it.

Mark Armstrong, Lisbon

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David A. Gagnon's picture

Well Danny

unlike Angus, James Longley only ran for one term and one term only. Longley was one of the last known conservative Democrats to hold the office of Governor in Maine. As the posting states, he was not well liked by the fat cat bureaucrats in Augusta. He promised the people he would run for only one term and kept that promise, but took his job of cost cutting seriously. He was not a career politician, and spurned attempts to convince him to run again. Jim Longley wasn't interested in political legacies.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Jim Longley is the best

Jim Longley is the best Governor this state has had in the 40 years I've lived here. Great man; we sure could use him today. King is an independent like Snowe and Collins are moderates.

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First, despite the SJ's

First, despite the SJ's approval of this letter, it needed to be posted only once.

Second, unlike Jim Longley, Angus King was OVERWHELMINGLY reelected, not that the facts matter to you.

And here starts the RNC's continous compaign smear tactics here in Maine. I hope Democrats eventually return to power and outlaws all the Superpac spending in state and local elections. I realize we cannot stop them from spending in national ones.

And look who republicans are running for the seat. All three constitutional officers, none of who plans to resign while they campaign. Again, the people of Maine get short changed by republicans. And one of them is in charge of elections. I think the federal government should send voting moderators, because after the Florida debacle, we cannot trust republicans.

David A. Gagnon's picture

One more thing Danny. it is

One more thing Danny. it is believed Longley ran as an independent because he felt he couldn't win in the democrat primary running against Mitchell , Muskie and Brennan.

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Well, Davie, it is generally

Well, Davie, it is generally known that the reason Longley did NOT run for a second term is because he had health problems, confirmed by the fact the died just a couple of years later. But don't get me wrong, I voted for Jim Longley, and if you don't think he led a political dynasty, just remember his son served in Congress.

David A. Gagnon's picture

Yes Danny boy

Jim Jr. went to Washington as a conservative Republican. I will repeat Danny boy, Jim Sr. campaigned on the promise of one term and one term only. His cancer was discovered the year after he left office.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Good morning Dan

Hey did you hear, your good buddy Lepage has put his brother in law on the state payroll in Augusta with a poultry salary of $68,000 a year. Bet that will fuel your fire!!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Are you suggesting $68,000 a

Are you suggesting $68,000 a year is chicken feed?

DONALD FERLAND's picture

In what position and when did

In what position and when did this happen?

AL PELLETIER's picture

Hi Tina

The job is in the State Planning Office probably cleaning the latrines for $68,577 a year. As he was a general contractor, I can't see any real qualifications for the position ( kind of like the daughter ). What a farce!

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Hey Al, I've heard nothing

Hey Al, I've heard nothing about that, could you provide a link to that information? I would LOVE to see that.

AL PELLETIER's picture

PPH

Log on to the Portland Press Herald and SHAZZAAM! Fearless leader strikes again. "A" strait, he is creating jobs---for his family on our nickel. This guy is a true disaster.

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