NY Times: Senate Could Hinge On Independent, Angus King

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.

4 thoughts on “NY Times: Senate Could Hinge On Independent, Angus King

  1. Trent Hill Post author

    Agreed, PeterO. lol.

    Id also love to see an Independent controlling the balance of power. It was fun to watch the Montana legislature in 06 when Rick Jore (Constitution Party) controlled the balance. There were rumors he might become speaker!

  2. WiseFather

    Exactly! Being an independent vote that could swing the Senate majority puts Angus King in a powerful position. In a recent post, I argue how he can and should leverage this for the good of the republic. How a King Can Save American Democracy: http://www.ragingwisdom.com/?p=889 Whether he has the guts to do so is a lingering question.

  3. Mayme

    My problem with King is that he is OLD. He will most likely only be able to serve 1 term. Where does that leave Maine in the seniority system of the US Senate? I prefer a younger candidate, that could serve the Senate for many years to come!

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