Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Mainers value Collins’ approach and will send her to the Senate for another six years.
That is not to say Bellows is on a pointless quest. A spirited and respectful, yet ultimately unsuccessful, campaign is often the best way to position oneself for future electoral success. Both Collins and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree lost campaigns for high office before they won.
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I also figured it would not be long before the challengers in the 2014 race for the Blaine House started targeting each other. Eager to avoid another third-place finish and another four years of LePage leadership, establishment Democrats are lining up solidly behind Congressman Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor.
Eliot Cutler must find or create factions among center-left constituencies if he hopes to be a contender again in the campaign for Maine’s highest office. Reproductive rights are issues where Michaud’s record does not align with the party’s traditional position and it is savvy for Cutler’s campaign to raise questions before support solidifies behind Michaud.
I expect much more to come.
Dan Demeritt is a Republican political consultant and public relations specialist. He is a former campaign aide and communications director for Gov. Paul LePage. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @demerittda