Don't blame Sue Bell on Aroostook County! Represented Oxford area. Check out where she now works: Bernstein Shur. The circle is complete. "In her new post, Bell will serve clients who require representation or coordination with the Departments of Education or Health and Human Services. Current projects include the Maine Readiness Campaign, a project with the Mitchell Institute and the Department of Education that focuses on high school reform."
And: "Bernstein Shur Government Solutions is led by two of Maine’s most distinguished public policy strategists – Kay Rand, Governor Angus King’s former Chief of Staff; and Larry Benoit, who served as Chief of Staff to former U.S. Representative John Baldacci and in high-ranking capacities to Senators George Mitchell and Edmund Muskie during 30 years of congressional service."
Seems the Elite are almost all in bed together. And the Good Old Boys Club is now (thankfully and progressively) the Good Old Boys and Girls Club.
No comment. (That's the safest thing one can say, when the subject contains the word 'attorney').
From earlier this month, in the Bollard, concerning wind farms and the aftermath:
Windfall to be screened in Portland, Angus King unlikely to attend
April 04, 2012
....This critically-acclaimed documentary by Laura Israel documents the trials and tribulations of a New York town beset with trouble after agreeing to become home to a wind farm.
From earlier this month in the Bollard
Angus King wants free legal help
April 10, 2012
I wonder why Angus King wants to receive pro-bono legal services from the Portland law firm of Pierce Atwood? It couldn’t be that the Senate candidate is out of money. After all, he pocketed eight million from the deal with Central Maine Power that made him a rich man.
Crash Barry, The Crash Report
Mel, I never said anything about bipartisanship. Your comment about principles is interesting given that one might abide by the principles of being pro-choice and believing the expansion of social programs has been a great detriment. Which party welcomes a person with such beliefs?
Just for clarity and transparency I hate the flimflam SOB because he cost me a lot of money and hurt a lot of good people who lost jobs
some who never recovered fully.
The only difference I am up front about him,and infatuated w/ seeing him exposed and losing this election.
"I think that people like Libby, Jacobsen, Katz and Flood are destroying the party."
Insiders get testy when it is pointed out that we have progressives who register to vote as Republicans just to create chaos in the party. The bigger question is why they are accommodated. Is it due to some warped sense of political correctness? Whatever it is called, it kept us a minority for 40 years and the progressives were very comfortable with that. Anybody remember Art Mayo who was placed in charge of candidate recruitment about 16 years ago? Right after the election when he had done his assigned job he switched parties to Democrat.
Because if it is free, you don't have to pay for it. Lets not pretend the King Campaign is the first to get free legal help. Maybe you would like to check and see what Paul Lepage paid PretiFlaherty for partner Ann Robinson's free legal assistance? I believe PierceAtwood also did work for the LePage campaign/transition.
Just because you post something and attempt to put it in a bad light does not make it so. Your CMP/$8M post looks like a page torn from the Maine People's Alliance handbook of how to attack the self-sufficient. If he is guilty of taking advantage of government policies for personal gain, I am sure you will be as vociferous about Poliquin doing the same.
Roger Ek - the comment about "destroying the party" came from Jim Cyr, not from me. I copied the comment from another thread that he started earlier today, now #148 on the previous page of this one.
Excuse me all to pieces. It was disconcerting enough to think you were taking a partisan stand. I just looked at who posted it without noticing the quotes within your post.
KB: As both parties redouble their efforts to cleanse their parties of the ideologically diverse, they only alienate a greater portion of thinking people who, heavens forbid, do not live by the strict guidelines of issue purity (e.g. no pro-choice Repubs and no anti-gay marriage Dems).
I suspect your understanding of bi-partisanship and principles are far different than mine.
"Independents," by definition, play directly into the terminology.
Check this long review of King's capers. Given that King is even older than Olympia Crash Barry makes many good points.
"The King and Me"
Don't blame Sue Bell on Aroostook County
You're correct Jim, but she did grow up very near the county in Patten, just south of the line.
You may have shopped at her uncle's store in Caribou, or her Dad's in Patten.
Roger - you are thoroughly and completely excused. :)
US Grant -- great article, and thank you.
Illustration by Sweetgrass.
The King and Me
Crash Barry’s Angus beef
May 1, 2012
By Crash Barry
Despite what his campaign will try to tell you this year, Angus King is not a populist or an environmentalist. And he wasn’t a very good governor. King’s a lawyer/banker/plutocrat one-percenter who tries to mask his cold corporate values with folksy charm. The U.S. Senate is already full of phonies like King. We don’t need to elect another one.
Angus King still deflecting questions about which party he’ll caucus with
By Eric Russell, BDN Staff
Posted May 11, 2012
BANGOR, Maine — ... King... again taking heat... putting off questions about which party he’ll caucus with and suggesting he may not accept committee assignments.
... Schneider, said King is making a mistake... since so much of Congress’ work is done in committees.
“Without committee assignments, Angus King would be half a United States Senator,” said Schneider...
“Angus King ...willing to sacrifice Maine’s national interests to advance... misleading message of independence.”
Awww -- isn't it cute when politicians play the shy and coy routine?
OTOH, maybe King is emulating Pelosi's ploy of "Vote for it so you can find out what's in it."
Either way, no thanks.
King draws fire for TV remark
William Schneider criticizes Angus King for saying he may forgo committee assignments.
The Associated Press
....King came under fire Friday for telling MSNBC's Chris Matthews that he would consider forgoing committee assignments... Republican candidate William Schneider pointed out that much of the Senate's work happens in committees.
During Thursday night's television exchange on "Hardball," Matthews asked if King would give up committee assignments from the major parties to ensure an independent voice. "This is absolutely an option," King said.
After a stint in the Legislature she worked for the GOP then landed a job in (not sure which) McKernan's or King's administration. This all during the time of the gay/lesbian influx in Maine government with Dale McCormick, Jane, Polly, et al.
Vetting Angus Facebook Page
Thank you, Naran. I'll choose Ben over Angus anytime. There are some trade offs I'm just not willing to make.
Angus's "independent" standing is as principled as any street corner shell game. For instance, he is a lifelong Democrat who, in his first term as governor, signed into law an income tax cap passed by a Legislature with a Republican majority in the Senate. In his second term, with a strong Democrat majority in the Legislature, King repealed the income tax cap. Then he left office with Maine $1 billion in the red. What in the world is sensible about any of that? And why in the world would any reasonable Mainer want to send a faker like King to the U.S. Senate for a minimum of six years?
Kennebec Journal Letter to the Editor 6/2/12
Vote for the moderate King to replace Snowe
No other candidate for Senate has a record of being a principled independent like King.
Thistle I hope you don't mind but I posted your comment at the KJ website.
Al Amoling - That is fine.
Primary to determine Senate candidates
Field is wide as state gets ready to choose King's opponent
By Deborah Mcdermott
June 07, 2012 2:00 AM
Lizzy Reinholt, communications director for the Maine Democratic Party, said the party's efforts through the fall is to return the state House.., Senate to Democratic control.
In terms of the U.S. Senate race, "we're waiting to see who emerges as a candidate. We can't deny the fact that we're already seeing a number of Democrats throwing their support to Angus King."
But...Reinholt and [Charlie] Webster say they believe King's star has already peaked....
Odd - "King's opponent" - singular.
From the Rick Bennett for Senate Facebook page:
Lizzy Reinholt, communications director for the Maine Democratic Party,
I was wondering how they were going to get the word out to the rank-and-file to vote for Angus. Now we know.
Isn't that something akin to 'God-fearing atheist?'
I believe so, Mel. Sounds about right to me.
For anyone who missed these articles on King's real record as Maine's governor, here's a reprise.
As the liberal press even admits, the "spin" about King's massive state spending and deficits is the truth.
King for Senate - No Thanks!
King and Me
When even liberal news people say "no thanks" to King, you know there's truth to the history of his excessive spending and bad management of the state's economy.
Bill Nemitz: 2010 election haunts U.S. Senate race
(Democrats)... Schneider in Bangor and Haskell in Portland -- proudly taking their place as county co-chairs for the independent Senate candidacy of Angus King.
Sen. Cynthia Dill of Cape Elizabeth....?
"I don't think she has the experience that is necessary for the job," Schneider replied.
Haskell put it more succinctly: "I think Angus is the better candidate."
One Could Almost Feel Sorry for Dill
Her own party is deserting her in droves, to tout for King Angus. They don't think Dill has the experience, the gravitas, nor the intelligence to do a good job in the US Senate.
May be the one time I agree with the Democratic legislators.
Long story short, I've waded through a virtual MOUNTAIN of evidence in the last two days about a certain political family of Augusta playing "Game Of Thrones" in the last three weeks, tossing whomever was the D nominee in favor of Angus.
Come on Bob inquiring minds need a hint!!!
Rhymes with "Hills"