Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

[i]Editor's Note: Listening to Howie Carr this afternnoon. A caller suggested Col. David Hunt run for the U.S. Senate in Maine. What do you think?[/i]

Col. David Hunt Bio
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,37309,00.html

MickeyH
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

I met the Colonel at a Bat Mitzvah reception this past March in So.Portland. He's a straight shooter and was working the crowd. I enjoyed listening to him quite a bit. He'd make things interesting.

Thomas O
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

He's a smart guy, well spoken, disciplined and honest.
Hardly a qualified candidate in Maine... :wink:

Robert
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

I'd vote for him.

charlie neville
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Why?

Robert.

thanks

charlie

Thomas O
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Mario thanks you.
I'd vote for Colonel Hunt, too.

Claude Berube
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

Would the fact that Maine rarely elects veterans to congressional or statewide offices tell you anything about a possible Hunt candidacy?

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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

"Straight-shooter...disciplined...well spoken...honest?' Forget it. This guy isn't going anywhere. Moderation is not constructed from such materials and we all adore Moderation---it's so soft and comfortable.

Editor
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

Actium -

Let me Congressman Jim Longley.

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Dan Billings
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

[quote="Actium"]Would the fact that Maine rarely elects veterans to congressional or statewide offices tell you anything about a possible Hunt candidacy?[/quote]

Maine has elected a number of veterans:

Ed Muskie
William Hathaway
James Longley Jr. and Sr.
Ken Curtis
John Reed

Do you have examples of Maine picking non-veterans over veterans?

Do you have any stats to show that Maine elects fewere veterans than other states?

If so, Maine's record of electing women to higher office probably explains it as much as anything.

Claude Berube
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Scott/Dan,
Yes, we could go back to the days of Joshua Chamberlain, Owen Brewster and William Tudor Gardiner who were vets. I was talking about more recent history.

Of those you mentioned, in the past 40 years, only George Mitchell, Jim Longley Sr. and Jim Longley Jr. were vets. Mark Gartley was a Vietnam POW and was defeated by Olympia Snowe in '74. Charlie Cragin was defeated by Joe Brennan in '82. Chandler Woodcock was defeated by John Baldacci. I think Dave Emery defeated a veteran in an early primary in the 70s. Yes, I know there are a number of issues that decide an election, I'm just pointing out that vets aren't elected to statewide or congressional office in Maine. Could one win? You probably know better than me.

I don't have comparative stats for other states, although you probably have a point on that since the number of veterans as a percentage overall has diminished, so the number of vets as candidates has diminished.

Claude

(Just remembered it - Emery defeated Peter Kyros who was a Naval Academy graduate. That's probably not one I should have missed!)

Robert
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

Charlie, because I like his politics and his no nonsense aproach to things.

Dan Billings
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

When the World War II generation dominated politics, veterans did just fine in Maine as they did across the country.

Most of your examples above are cases of challengers against incumbents. The number of challengers who beat incumbents is small. Maine, like most states, has a long list of incumbents who served for a long time.

The Gartley-Snowe, which was in 1978, is the only one mentioned above that was a competitive open seat race that you mentioned. By the way, 1978 was a bad year for vets, with Cohen beating Hathaway for the Senate seat that same year.

By the way, does being a veteran make that much difference to you> Would you vote for a veteran who did not share your views over a non-veteran who did?

If Hunt wanted to get elected, his best shot would be in the open seat in the First District, not running against an incumbent.

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[quote="Dan Billings"]When the World War II generation dominated politics, veterans did just fine in Maine as they did across the country.[/quote]

True, but because of the draft during WWII, both Democratic and Republican candidates were vets for the most part. Also, Maine today is not the Maine of the post-World War II era demographically or politically.

[/quote]Most of your examples above are cases of challengers against incumbents. The number of challengers who beat incumbents is small. Maine, like most states, has a long list of incumbents who served for a long time. [/quote]
Then would you suggest that we no longer have challengers to incumbents?

[/quote]The Gartley-Snowe, which was in 1978, is the only one mentioned above that was a competitive open seat race that you mentioned. By the way, 1978 was a bad year for vets, with Cohen beating Hathaway for the Senate seat that same year.[/quote]
Very true.

[/quote]By the way, does being a veteran make that much difference to you> Would you vote for a veteran who did not share your views over a non-veteran who did?[/quote]

How I would vote for a candidate personally is currently inappropriate since I am currently on active duty. I'd be more than happy to answer that question next July when I expect to leave my assignment, unless there's another assignment in the cards for me. The comments I made above were my perspective on election results and not out of personal support or opposition of issues.[/i]

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[quote="Dan Billings"] Would you vote for a veteran who did not share your views over a non-veteran who did?
[/quote]

No.

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TALK ABOUT A MONKEYWRENCH IN THE WORKS!

WHOA-HO- NELLIE!

Now there would be a person who would really mess up the HOUSE or the SENATE for that matter. Damn! I Love the idea and would vote for him in a HEARTBEAT!

Towncrier

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[quote="Actium"]
How I would vote for a candidate personally is currently inappropriate since I am currently on active duty. I'd be more than happy to answer that question next July when I expect to leave my assignment, unless there's another assignment in the cards for me. The comments I made above were my perspective on election results and not out of personal support or opposition of issues.[/quote]

You'll have to get your wife to answer for you. :D

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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

If he would run as a Democrat (which I think he would) he might stand a chance.

Claude Berube
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[quote="Dan Billings"]
You'll have to get your wife to answer for you. :D[/quote]

My wife was an O'Neill and her mother's side were Murphys. You ever tell an Irish wife how to answer??? :wink:

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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

Just curious, Editor, what was the Col's response to the caller's question?

I gotta believe he's having way too much money and raking in enough dough that he wouldn't go near politics.

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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

Just out of curiosity, where does Hunt live in Maine? Is he a resident?

FLAMMENWERFER
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

The fly jacket on his book says only that he lives in Maine.

Steven Scharf
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

He is registered to vote in Scarborough. (There is a David Hunt registered in Scarborough where David is said to live. The person is registered unenrolled,)

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Dan Billings
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

Where in Scarborough? Maybe he could run against Peggy Pendleton or Phil Bartlett.

mediadog
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

What? Give up his cushy and presumably lucrative job as a TV military analyst? Or as a Howie Carr fill-in?

Dan Billings
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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

If Ethan Strimling can host a talk show and serve in the Senate so can Hunt.

Robert
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[quote="Dan Billings"]Where in Scarborough? [/quote]

I do believe somewhere off Pine Point Rd.

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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

It has certainly has nothing to do with the Colonel's ability, of course, but his raspy voice is enough to turn off many voters. It has the same effect as the voice of that morning talk show host whose squeaky tones are as irritating as fingernails scratching across a blackboard. That has nothing to do with his ability either, but it demonstrates the unfortunate fact that some voices are made for radio and some are not. Both the Colonel and the talk show guy fall into the not category.

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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

Maybe if he wore really tight scivvies....

or had a polyp or two removed.....

but then he wouldn't sound like a latter-day Patton.

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Col. David Hunt: Maine Candidate for U.S. Senate?

I'd vote for him in a heartbeat. He would have to run as an independent though. It would fit him perfectly. No way would he be in a party dominated by moonbats (D's), but he has been very critical of the current Administration, rightfully so.

Throw in Maine's habit of supporting Independents and you have a winner! Now if someone could convince him to run.

Henry Clay
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What independents? Angus King was a Dem disguised as an independent. The Democratic Party backed him 100% and it was their forces that got him elected.

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