Comments for: Angus King wants to ‘keep ’em guessing,’ criticizes GOP policies

Posted April 09, 2012, at 2:16 p.m.
Last modified April 10, 2012, at 10:29 a.m.

BRUNSWICK | Angus King is trying to keep people guessing whether he would side with Democrats or Republicans as a U.S. senator. But Maine’s former two-term governor, running as an independent to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, calls the GOP budget plan “a disaster” and the party’s position …

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  • Anonymous

    “He already has endorsed President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. But King is refusing to say whether he’ll caucus with Democrats or Republicans if elected.”

    Well, Governor Oily, let’s take a wild guess here…..

    • Anonymous

      Governor Oily is about right. The oil slick this total fraud leaves behind would kill nearly as many birds as the wind turbines he uses to pick our pockets.

    • If it’s so obvious, how was it “oily?”

      Voted for ya’ twice, Ex-Guv…Love to be able to vote for ya’ again…

      • Anonymous

         Some people never learn.

    • Anonymous

      What a dreadful situation, having to face the prospect of this faker representing us. Olympia, please reconsider. Democrats, please put up a credible candidate. Give us a real choice and this smarmer will fade away.

  • Guest

    It’s not what Angus is, it’s what he isn’t-a current member of the most disliked Congress in recent memory. As long as he is not the bully, he’ll destroy these others in the fall.

    • Harry H Snyder III

       ….and that is a shame because he is JUST like the scum currently in Washington.

  • Anonymous

     Why bother running a campaign at all? Isn’t he the only candidate running? The BDN seems to think so.

    • Anonymous

      Yes and did you notice that the BDN was the only mainstream newspaper in the state who didn’t pick up the AP article about a week ago that pertained to Angus’ shady loan with the DOE for his wind power projects, that he mysteriously ended up divesting himself of several days after his partner received the letter from the Government that they were under investigation?  And he and his partner Rob Gardner claim that Angus didn’t know any thing about the letter. Give me a break! Your longtime friend and partner in a $135 million project gets a letter saying that the Feds were investigating his ill-gotten loan and you’re not going to tell you partner anything until he conveniently sells his share of the business! Another Angus fairytale. And this news paper is almost as un-believable as Angus!

      •  http://www.themainewire.com/tag/angus-king/

        The Maine Wire broke the story you mention with regard to King’s questionable dealings on his wind company and the Federal loans he obtained. The link above leads to the Wire page with all the articles on the Congressional investigation, and Pingree’s involvement.

      • Anonymous

        Vote for Angus!  

    • Anonymous

      the others have not sealed the party’s nominations, so they are primary candidates, not general election candidates like Angus.

      • Anonymous

        That’s a good point. We’ll have to see how many articles the BDN devotes to those candidates when they enter the general election. I doubt they will all be positive or at least neutral about the candidates.

        • Anonymous

          I’m not here pitching that the BDN is unbiased.  But I do think it is banal to criticize a paper’s political leaning and then spend the entire day increasing their page views with whining.  (not you, but the majority of comments on this article are ridiculous).

          • Anonymous

            The way I see it, is that we are customers of the BDN. Customers benefit by giving feedback to sellers in hopes of changing the product to suit specific needs. Public opinion is the ultimate comment card for media outlets. Plus people enjoy the confirmation-bias from seeing their comments “liked”.

          • Anonymous

             I would add that the newspaper’s job is not to reflect the audience’s opinion, but to provoke and engage discussion.   The idea that the paper should conform to a majority opinion is not valid.  

            The irony I was trying to point out is that people are commenting how much they hate the BDN, yet with every click of the like button they are increasing the value of the BDN’s online properties.  

  • Anonymous

    Not much off from what we had before. 
     A Dem without the courage to call himself or herself a Dem.

  • Anonymous

    This lying carpetbagger from Virginia MUST be stopped.

  • Anonymous

    Run him back to the south where he belongs

    • Anonymous

      That’s the plan, that’s the plan.  He wins the election and south he goes to DC to represent the grand old State of Maine.  Long live the King!!!

      •  America gave up on kings in 1776, and there’s no intention of going back to that model.

        No thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Notice the Republicans aren’t even trying to convince voters that an experienced, educated, mild mannered ex-governor who is also a successful businessman, would want to caucus with their Party. They aren’t trying to win King’s support, even though he has a 60% approval rating in the state. Republicans are just witless thugs, look at our Tea Party governor.

    • Anonymous

      Thats because he sucked as governer, just like baldy and lepage do.

    • Anonymous

      Anyone who speaks about meeting the current crop of national Republicans in the middle on a slew of issues, would have been a Republican 20 years ago.

    • Anonymous

      And he is going to fool people once again. Sure the wind lobby will be supporting him and you can have a ton more windmills around the state.

  • Anonymous

    Watch out  Angus, Republicans always play real dirty during elections.  They defraud their own candidates with voter Fraud, so you can imagine what your in for.

  • David Des Isles

    The main premise of the article is King’s pledge not to engage in negative campaigning. Most of the comments in response to his pledge, attack him for nothing having to do with his campaign pledge.

    2 years ago, Cutler made the  same pledge, and despite the onslaught of  attacks from LePage and Mitchell, Cutler kept his pledge. Cutler would not endorse King if he didn’t believe he was capable of the same high level of integrity.

    I expect King to do the same and applaud him for raising the bar.

    •  Please tell us what portion of the news article above is actually “news.”
      This is a press release made up to resemble a news article.

      • David Des Isles

        Other major news organizations picked up the story, including: the Washington Post, the Boston Herald, the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Herald, Miami Herald, the Republic, out of  Columbus, Indiana, . . . . You get the point.

        In today’s rancorous political climate, when a candidate is willing to go on
        record and pledge he/she will not engage in negative campaigning, it’s news

        •  Perhaps. OTOH, as I wrote elsewhere on the page, it will be amusing to see if the BDN and the MTM newspapers give equal column space to any other senate candidate who also promises to “run positive.”

      • Anonymous

        so why are you reading it?  seriously. 

        once i pass judgement on something, i move on.  please do the same.  your comment is beyond childish, particularly since you are on this website on a regular basis.

        •  I think you’re confusing me with someone who cares what you write, or wish.

          Adios.

  • Anonymous

    It will be easy for King to not put out a negative ad when he will have the entire Democrat party behind him to run such ads… 

    • Anonymous

      It’s Democratic Party, not Democrat Party.  I suspect you know that but think your clever.

      • Anonymous

        Nothing Democratic about that party.  Since the Liberal side of that party is running the show. King is a member of that party as well.  He just runs as an Independent so he can avoid having to spend millons in a primary.  Independents we want nothing to do with him .  Nothing Independent about Angus King, he is a Liberal posing as an Independent because he wants to find the easiest path to any office.  The guy has too much ego and is a glory hound.

        • Anonymous

          it’s independent with a lower case “i” by the way; since there is no Independent Party.

          I get more than a passing feeling that you have very little knowledge of the process. 

        • Harry H Snyder III

           and lowercase L as there is no Liberal party.  (You missed that STG

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of smoke filled rooms, the Rs should know those tactics quite well.

  • CPPray

    Good for Angus. Good for Maine.
    Now, if the media would verify (check the true-fulness) and expose all and any ads before they run them maybe we could have candidates and PAC’s know they can’t twist and distort things without being exposed for the lengths they’d go to win an election.  Maybe then we’d elect a few individuals who want our government to work for the people instead of a select few, a special interest, or only one side of an issue without caring how others think.  A civil campaign, no slurs, no personal attacks…, it could to a new day in America…, and Maine could lead the way. 

    • Anonymous

      And I don’t suppose you know what Party he will cuacus with? Sounds like a wolf in sheeps clothing.

      • CPPray

        If you follow national politics you know he’ll only have one option… he’ll have to caucus with the Democrats, Republican’s won’t have him under their strict rules of having to toe the party line.  Democrats are less disciplined, more open, not that all members attended all of the caucus meetings anyway.  The principle purpose is to get a committee assignment and Republicans won’t stand for a streak of independence that King will exercise in representing Maine.     

        • Anonymous

          Liberality  may be a better word, basically anything goes. Republicans won’t? They did for both are present Senators.

          • CPPray

            It is what drove Snowe out and Cohen before her out. Republicans drove out Senators from VT, RI, PA, CN, and WA over the past decades as they have become more strident.  Collins seldom leave the party if her vote is the difference. 

            The issue is can/will king surrender his independence…., to get a committee assignment one either has to take a slot from the majority or the minority, either Democrats or Republicans.  The loyalty oath of the Republicans is much more entwined to the “party” while Democrats are much more free to sway across the aisle on issues.  The punishment system is more severe on the Republican aisle, thus a number of members have been force to leaving the party or to leave politics.

            Angus is too independent a person, for bad or good, to be bullied. Both Republicans and Democrats know that – that’s why the Republican machine is attacking him already and the Democratic machine is fairly quiet, bidding its time – the problem is – everyone knows it…, so we dance the dance.

  • Harry H Snyder III

    Is the Bangor Daily News going to issue an endorsement?  Or are they just going to continue to unfairly give this old tax & spend relic free advertising until the election.

    Come on editors;  there ARE other candidates.

    • Oh, but Harry – some candidates are just more “equal” than others.
      [/sarcasm]

      http://thephoenix.com/boston/news/135485-little-king/

      Here’s a little look-back on King’s record as Maine governor, from Al Diamon. Anybody thinking of voting for King needs to read the entire article. He was as bad as Baldacci when he ran Maine, and he would be worse in DC, where he could get his hands on the real money.

      • Anonymous

        Ms. Spaulding , the big problem here is that you are asking us to follow a link to the Phoenix,  The Phoenix?  I can go almost any place, but I can’t handle the Phoenix no matter where it is from, it makes my computer smell like the Augusta park during the height of the occupy camp out . Having said that I just hope there are enough people left that remember how bad he made things here in this great state, and it did not seem to matter to him.  Not at all.

        • Harry H Snyder III

           If you don’t want to read Diamond in the Phoenix, read him in the Down East Coastal Press.  Sorry I don’t have the link.

  • Anonymous

    I may not be able to spell sharmey, but i know sharhmee when I see shmarmei.
     

  • Will the BDN be granting equal column space to any other Maine candidate for senate, as long as they also promise to run a “positive” campaign? Or is this just a puff piece to help King?

    • Anonymous

      Don’t count on it Naran.  Just like the Pingree-Sussman papers you won’t see fair , honest, balanced journalism from this paper either.  They might as well crown Angus now.

      • Anonymous

        what a treasure you are.  decrying the paper while generating eyeballs on its website.  you’re a registered user of this paper you are putting down.

        you should change your name to darkHypocrite1. 

  • I believe him when he says he won’t go negative but lets ask him, why is he running?  I think he needs some favorable legislation for wind power, Obama and democrats are all about it even though it ruins the landscape and it does everything democrats and environmentalists hate but hey, its one of their own so it’s okay.   Go get them Angus, you will be even richer when your term(s) are over.  But you, like the rest of them, are less than truthful about why you are running or anything that you do.

  • Anonymous

    The best governor Maine has had in the last 30 years deserves to be our US Senate rep in D.C.  He knows negotiation, he knows running a business, he knows how to hear all sides, and he is bright.  Good enough for me!  good enough for Maine.

    • Anonymous

      Because he’s good enough for you doesn’t necessarily mean he’s good enough to run the transfer station in many towns.  Keep drinking the Angus Kool Aid. 

      • Anonymous

        clearly you have no point here to make, since all you did was insult the original commenter.

      • Anonymous

        Bigwind, note to self:

        first.  learn how to make a comment that abides by the terms of service.  

  • Want to keep us guessing?  Won’t be hard, you kept us guessing for the 8 years you were Governor.  Anyone who supports Obama getting re-elected won’t get my vote.  

  • Anonymous

    Refuses to say lol He does not have to say, his Liberal views will show themselves.

  • Didn’t he do enough to ruin Maine? I wish he would have just stayed in his RV and stayed away from Maine.

    • Patten_Pete

      That would be the gas guzzling RV. But the driver is the same person who lectures us about our carbon footprints – from his large multiple homes.  That’s OK, people will be waking up to this phony.

  • Anonymous

    “Angus King wants to ‘keep ’em guessing’”Yeah, is he a liberal bankrolled by big wind or is he a progressive bankrolled by big wind?

  • Anonymous

    Yup,  just what we want, another person in Washington who does not want to make up his mind, like Snow, he does not want to be listed as a dem. or a rep.  I don’t want him listed as any one in Washington. I hated him as our gov. As a state employee during his wounder  years, I remember how great it was to work for nothing!

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone other than the BDN really question which side he’s on?  There’s nothing worse in politics than someone who won’t speak open and honestly about what their intentions are!

  • Anonymous

    King need not be concerned about instilling an aura of mystery concerning his political positions and flawed ideology to Mainers . An unproductive and dilatory  tour at the Blaine House, lavish payoffs from the Federal government to underwrite his Quixote quests, and the rapacious destruction of Maine’s wilderness are all too familiar themes to those who have eyes to see.  Like his ebony inamorata in Washington, King will pursue an agenda of moral decline and uncontrolled spending, ignoring the wishes of hard-working Mainers while ushering our children and grandchildren into an age of government excess that resigns them to a common existence. This mildewed remnant of average intellect will unlikely go away in the near future; however, he should be reminded often that he can no longer obfuscate a failed legacy.

    • Anonymous

      ebony inamorata?

      how about this phrase:  pseudo intellectualism.  

  • Guest

    Seems like we either get Values crackers or Corporate shills, is there anyone who will actually represent the People of Maine?

  • Anonymous

    King hashad everyone guessing for many years. Wishy-washy

  • For the third time of trying to get a comment on your liberal rag, hopefully you will post this comment. If anyone thinks that Angus King is not liberal and will go with the GOP, then you will pay $10,000 for a non-running junk car.

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