Saviello Still Mulling Independent Bid for Maine Governor, LePage Says ‘Bring It On’

Former GOP state senator Tom Saviello is reportedly still mulling an independent run for governor of Maine, telling the recently telling the Lewiston Sun Journal that he’s in a “holding pattern” at the moment.

Saviello told the paper that he’s focused on legal issues surrounding the proposed corridor to bring Quebec hydropower to New England.

Meanwhile, one of his potential rivals appears to be eager for the fight.

“Oh, boy. I’d love it,” former governor Paul LePage said. “Bring it on.”

LePage, who was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, is seeking a return to the governor’s office. And he has a history of bad blood with Saviello, once calling him “the most repugnant human being” in an outburst that drew bipartisan repudiation from the legislature.

LePage won both of his terms with less than 50% of the vote, the first time capturing only 38% to independent Eliot Cutler’s 36%. A Democrat followed in distant third place with 19%.

In 2014, LePage was re-elected with 48% of the vote over Democrat Michael Michaud’s 43%, with Cutler (again an independent) drawing only 8%. Following both races the Democrats blamed Cutler, a wealthy businessman who had served in the Carter administration, for “splitting the vote” and tipping the race to the Republican.

When will we have clarity on Saviello’s plans?

“It has to be pretty soon,” Saviello told the Sun Journal in November.

The clock is still ticking.

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