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Independent Candidates for Governor in the Northeast Respond to MA Special Election

In the northeast, independent candidates for governor in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine have emphasized the importance of the independent vote in the outcome of the special election for the US Senate in Massachusetts:

•Independent candidate for governor of Massachusetts, Tim Cahill:

State Treasurer Timothy Cahill, who is challenging [MA governor Deval] Patrick as an independent candidate, said Brown’s unlikely bid has boosted his own chances. “If anyone tells me over the next six months that I can’t win, I’ll look at them and say, ‘Did you say that about Scott Brown?’ ” Cahill said. “There is nothing good in this for the governor,” Cahill said. “He put his prestige on the line here (by backing Coakley.)”

• Independent candidate for governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee:

Former Republican U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, now running for Rhode Island governor as an independent, called the historic GOP victory in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race a message from independent voters who are worried about proposed overhauls to the nation’s health care system. “For me, the independents, the independents have spoken,“ Chafee told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. “Used to be that solid Democrats would vote solidly Democratic, and you could count on it. And there are just more and more independents, and they’re voting more and more independently.“ Independent voters outnumber Democrats in deeply blue Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and they are a key voting bloc as Chafee tries to win the governor’s seat in November’s election without the backing of a political party.

• Independent candidate for governor of Maine, Eliot Cutler:

The Massachusetts Senate race was a great victory for the Republican candidate, but it was much more that. Scott Brown would not have won with the support of independents and disaffected Democrats. His victory was a repudiation of business as usual – of insider politics and a lack of accountability by those in power. I think Brown’s victory bodes extremely well for my candidacy as an independent and a new candidate with bold ideas and a track record of accomplishment that goes well beyond just politics.

Cross-posted from Third Party and Independent Daily.


  1. Todd Giroux Todd Giroux February 9, 2010

    No New Taxes , Less Spending, Negotiate Better Purchasing & Contracts
    written by Todd Giroux, February 09, 2010

    The concept of a one dollar tax on Grocery Store Food opens the door for increases. I support tax on unhealthy fast foods, not beverages, spending freeze on prisons, mandatory revenue producing work for prisoners, Lower the home heating fuel tax, all state purchasing must reduced and renegotiated. The pension fund should be invested in our our state and not to be charged front loaded fees and mismanaged to poor performance year upon year.. spend within our means.. RI cannot afford to loose another billion dollars in schemes that fund out of state investment. How does a state treasurer (public empoyee ) personally gain equity accepting out of state firms to finance a campaign 1.5 million dollars when every opportunity to risk state assets is lost equity for RI. ? RI cannot afford politicians that flip flop their party nor can they accept “laisse faire ” politics and performance to be qualification for the challenges that proactive job creation that governing requires.
    Todd Giroux,
    Governor Candidate 2010

  2. Solomon Drek Solomon Drek January 22, 2010

    @3 “Do the Republicans share their own ‘beliefs’ in limited government? My memorance suggests not.”

    What Republicans preach to get elected and what they practice when they’re in power are polar opposites.

  3. Ben Ben January 21, 2010

    Cahill was definitely a member of the conservative wing of the MA Democrats, but his main reason for leaving the party was that he would never be able to beat the sitting governor, Deval Patrick, for the Dem nomination.

    For what it’s worth, Cahill is ideologically about the same as Baker, the probable GOP nominee. They may split the large anti-incumbent vote and allow the Patrick to get reelected.

  4. Lisa Lisa January 20, 2010

    as obama pretended he was an independent to win the white house.

  5. d.eris d.eris January 20, 2010

    “Independent/3rd party candidates now using a Republican’s victory to boost their own campaigns.”

    Ironically, that Republican had to pretend he was an independent to win the election.

  6. Gene Berkman Gene Berkman January 20, 2010

    As a Republican Senator, Lincoln Chafee voted against the Bush Prescription Drug benefit, and the Bush war in Iraq. He opposed two of the big Bush administration boondoggles, so maybe he is a little bit for limited government.

    Tim Cahill, Independent candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, quit the Democratic Party in protest against the Dems’ commitment to big government and taxes.

  7. Erik Geib Erik Geib January 20, 2010

    Do the Republicans share their own ‘beliefs’ in limited government? My memorance suggests not.

  8. Eric Dondero Eric Dondero January 20, 2010

    Very, very interesting. Independent/3rd party candidates now using a Republican’s victory to boost their own campaigns. But do they also share Republican beliefs in limited government, tax cuts, and strong on defense?

    My memorance suggests Lincoln Chaffee, ironically a former Republican himself, most certainly does not.

  9. Lisa Lisa January 20, 2010

    I don’t know any of these people, but I hope they are sincerely independent. I suspect a lot of candidates are going to come out of the woodwork now and claim they are independent, when in fact they are frauds and rejects from the republican and democrat parties.

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