Angus King is, by all accounts, doing well in his Independent run to claim the open U.S. Senate seat in Maine formerly held by Republican Olympia Snow. Polling shows him way ahead and most people expect him to win the seat, barring a major campaign blunder in the coming months. Now the New York Times is taking notice of King too and predicting that he could play a major role in the future of the U.S. Senate.
Former Gov. Angus King of Maine has a warning for the national political parties that may flood his state with negative ads to derail his independent candidacy for the Senate: “I will take note of how I am treated in this campaign.”
That is not an idle threat from some quixotic candidate for the seat being vacated by Maine’s famously moderate Republican, Olympia J. Snowe. It is a warning from the front-runner, a two-term independent governor who, because he refuses to say whom he would support for majority leader next year, may well decide which party controls an evenly divided Senate.
King is a former two-term Governor of Maine, having served both terms after being elected as an Independent. He has been endorsed for his U.S. Senate run by former Independent candidate for Governor Eliot Cutler, whose 2010 run scored 36.7% in a 3 way race. Cutler also sits on the board of Americans Elect.