Anyone else heard this? I also heard that Brakey and Boyer may be part of the team being built?
What say you Brakey and Boyer? Have you been consulted by Bruce Poliquin or his team about a primary challenge of Senator Collins?
So nobody else has heard this from anywhere? I have pretty decent sources, so I am surprised no one has anything to say about this.
Here's what I have to say: If he wins the primary, we can just hand the seat to the Dems. He cannot win a statewide election - he angered too many people as Treasurer.
Would your other sources be Apollo and Rick Blaine by any chance?
I haven't heard any such talk, but I'd love to see it.
Collins would crush him like a bug!
I'd like to see Poloquin run a primary against Collins but as a Conservative, not as a libertarian. Despite the inroads the Ron Paul supporters have gained in the State GOP, libertarianism, a specie of 19th century Liberalism, has no traction in Maine or the nation other than its military non-interventionism. Chellie Pingree, a far left liberal, has already co-opted that sensible ground.
America and Maine have greater problems than that for which radical "individualism" has no answer. BP would need better advisors than those that Ryan suspects to make a credible case against the re-election of Collins.
Most importantly she wins elections he doesn' t!
Well she has at least one vote she will not get this time around, mine. I would vote for Poloquin if he runs, at least he knows what a budget is
I know this is a crazy question, but has anyone asked Bruce Poliquin?
Resaganite - "...he angered too many people as Treasurer."
Who, besides those who were fleecing the system, did he anger so terribly? His diligence has served Maine taxpayers well, so I'd be curious to know to whom you are referring.
If knowing how to understand a budget was all there was to being a good politician or even a principled statesman, all we would need to do is elect a good CPA. There are deeper problems that "economism" just can't solve. Foremost, how can anyone convince a voting populace that collects benefits and privileges it doesn't pay for that there is a need to reduce and/limit those government outlays for the common good of all?
And then there is the unsustainable policy of subsidizing people to have children outside of traditional marriage which causes social havoc. "Ending the Fed" or returning to the Gold Standard won't fix that, though to listen to libertarians, you would think so.
He cannot win a statewide election
I remember people saying that about LePage.
I gather that you learned nothing from the last election - or the "fiscal cliff" debacle. Poliquin angered the wagon riders. The wagon riders now rule. Those who actually foot the bill are now mere supplicants at the altar of the welfare state, begging for relief. We're simply out numbered in Maine. Poliquin cannot and will not win a statewide general election because of this.
You might as well resign yourself to the notion that when Susan Collins decides not to run again, the seat will be in the hands of the Dems - likely one with the last name Pingree. Sussman's cash virtually guarantees it.
The wagon riders now rule.
So should we just try to appease them instead of fighting back? Should we dedicate our efforts to trying not to anger the riders? Maybe just accept status quo? By the way, how is status quo working?
Reaganite and Bob S are both right. Wagon riders do presently rule Maine, but we should not dispair of numbers. Revolutions and counter revolutions are done by motivated and dedicated minorities, including the French, American, and Bolshevik ones. Our side needs better ( courageous, intelligent, and wise) leadership which is willing to endure temporary defeat and disappoint to achieve cultural and political victory.
That's presently lacking in places like Maine but not in Wisconsin and Michigan,where even during a period of GOP and conservative rout, good things were done and bad things avoided. There was some luck involved but you have to be ready to take advantage of good fortune.
That was done with LePage. Right man, despite his flaws, at the right (lucky) time. I would hope able men like Poloquin and others would learn from that. If you're not prepared to lose for a good cause, you won't be prepared to win and govern when the wheel of fortune turns your way.
Fight back at every turn. Resist. I plan to do so. But realize that until such a time that the pendulum swings back, results will be mixed at best for those of us on the conservative side.
You are witnessing the last hurrah of the progressive tax and spenders. What is happening right now in both DC and Augusta will lead to the understanding that their policies cannot work. But that is going to be a very painful revelation. We will be Greece but on a vastly larger scale, and with baseball.
Since way less than 100% of eligible voters vote, the argument that the takers now out-number the makers is only one factor in turning things around.
My sense is that there is enough head-room in the turn-out figures to at least provide an option for makers outvoting takers.
Perhaps by 2014, Melvin, you may be right. It's going to take a lot more financial hardship for some people to get serious about the election booth, and getting fiscal conservatives elected to all levels of Government. Sadly, the rest of us get to join them for that "hardship" adventure.
Poliquin opinion column in PPH and BDN today. We would be fortunate if he ran for 2018 Blaine House.
It is not in the final edition that goes to Northern Maine. Got a link?
Never mind. THe BDN never posted it on their site until this afternoon.
It's a good editorial and a list of accomplishments he can be proud of.
Poliquin Editorial in the PPH
First of all, none of my sources are on AMG. I think most people who know who I am, know that I am connected enough to hear these types of "rumors" from people who hear them first hand. It was hinted at on a conference call recently, by Brakey himself, that DOLPAC may be interested in running someone against Senator Collins and that they were going to attempt to convince Bruce Poliquin to be that guy. Now, if Poliquin has NOT met with Brakey or Boyer, or both, then all someone from his camp has to say is NO we have not. However, I am confident that such a meeting or phone call has taken place and that Poliquin is considering a run for US Senate in 2014. Until someone from Poliquin's camp denies these rumors, to this point they have not, tells me I might be on to something.
Ask yourselves this question.....if he wasn't considering it, wouldn't someone have said so by now? Instead, I continue to get private messages here and on Facebook that confirm my concerns.
I'd say there should be a primary run against Collins especially with her recent votes in 2012 and the upcoming votes to placate the media on the 2nd amendment.
Now Rick Blaine might pipe in about how Collins is a better choice than Angus or Pingree, but Collins is a beltway get along and she has had her run of running this country down. If she wishes to change mine and others minds let her show her stuff before the primaries. I suspect she will continue her ways, so let us see if we can coalesce a primary candidate as time goes along to 2014
On a side note it will be interesting to see how Michaud holds up to the onslaught of the media on the second. we will be watching you Mike, feather your bed with your democrat leaders at your own peril.
I like Bruce Poliquin; and have known him about four+ years. He has been an outstanding Treasurer, and would be a first-rate US Senator. No doubt in my mind.
He has not proven he can win an election in Maine, however. In fact, he's already lost a couple of well-financed efforts.
Were the seat to become OPEN, he would be a great Senator, appointed by Governor LePage - - - but I'm afraid that's the only way he will be representing Maine in the US Senate.
No need to comment on him being involved with The Carpetbagging Kids... Mr. Poliquin is way too smart to trust any aspect of a campaign to them - now that Maine Republicans know who they are and why they were sent here.
Mike will do as he always does and do whatever Nancy Pelosi tells him to do. Any testicles he may have at one time have shriveled away from disuse long ago.
Three questions :
1. Is he going to run ? unknown at this time.
2. Is it fair to ask ,Is performance in Maine for two years translate into successful campaign and general win? Yes.
3. Is he capable of winning a primary given opposition to him connected to LePage ? Remember the base for her is not southern coastal Maine,
the opposition (revenge for liberal poster victim of BP D. McC. is where) ? Probably not!
"Ask yourselves this question.....if he wasn't considering it, wouldn't someone have said so by now? "
I asked myself and decided that these kind of tricks are worth ignoring. If someone does not deny a rumor, it does not make the rumor true.
Bruce is a good man and for all I know, might be considering a run for the Senate. But I would expect that if he is (or is not) the timing of comment, announcement or otherwise should be his and his alone.
He has never lost one, just a primary.
Unlike Collins who came in third the first time she tried to run statewide. The same year Jim Longley won the first district.
That being said I like Susan and I doubt very much this is true. Sounds more like hate spreading and rumor mongering by the typical obsessive stalkers of Brakey and Boyer.
You have obviously not been at a public meeting where little Boyer is slinking around the room's perimeter, snapping pictures of fellow Republicans as they voice their opinions and vote.
And of course you were not there when the Carpetbagging Kids surrounded Jan Staples and started chewing on her at the November meeting of Cumberland County Republicans.
Talk about stalking after you witness THAT, Big Fella!