Comments for: Susan Collins weds longtime friend in small Caribou ceremony

Posted Aug. 11, 2012, at 11:46 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 12, 2012, at 8:57 p.m.

CARIBOU | U.S. Sen. Susan Collins married longtime Senate senior staff member and consultant Thomas A. Daffron in a small ceremony attended by about 50 people on Saturday. The Rev. Dr. Thomas Bentum performed the ceremony at 11 a.m. at Gray Memorial United Methodist Church, the church long attended …

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  • Anonymous

    Once again BDN, this is not news and with all that is going on in this country today, no one cares about Susan Collins life.

    • Anonymous

      i agree,,, blah blah blah,,, and the world still revolves!

    • Anonymous

      There are 330,000,000 of us that call ourselves Americans. 100 of us are US Senators. You don’t think that this is newsworthy?

      • Anonymous

        Ummmmmm so???  Is she the only 60 year old who got married this year?  Who cares??

        • Anonymous

          Apparently you do-you read the story….there were others to choose from today.

        • Anonymous

           People of Maine who know what she has done and is doing for her state.

        • Don’t you wish you were one of the most powerful woman,or man in Washington.That alone makes it news-worthy.I’ve seen alot more B.S. stories in the paper than this.Get over yourself.And no,I’m not related!

        • Anonymous

           I believe she is 59

    • Anonymous

      Why should anyone care about a US Senator who happens to be one of the most powerful women in the country? With Olympia Snowe retiring she’ll become all the more important to our state. See what happens when the Navy tries to close Kittery again-Susan Collins will be all over that like Holly on the Pope.

      • Anonymous

        omg!  lmao!!!  only if it helps her! 

        • Anonymous

          No she actually does her job if we had Chellie Pingree-Sussman or Mumbles Michaud as our senators we would lose even more jobs in Maine.  Because these 2 useless government hacks don’t care about the average Maine Citizen.  All these two care about is collecting a taxpayer funded paycheck , their special interest buddies and their next election.

          • Anonymous

            i agree,, those 2 are even more useless

          • Anonymous

            Studly — this is a wedding, a happy occasion. Could you save your vitriol for some other article? 

            Here, let’s try comment like this:

            Mr. and the Hon., please accept the best wishes of “thebesindaworld” and myself for dozens of happy years together, as fellow Mainers in love.

            …See? That wasn’t so difficult. Just turn off the Fox “News” and look inside of yourself for goodness, and then share it. This is the time for doing so.  Plenty of other articles and times to spread your derision, but today we celebrate love and commitment.  That’s all.

        • Anonymous

          Not true, Givrsum.   She does a lot of “behind the scenes” work for her constituents.  What you learn of in the media is only a small part what she does.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, more Senators fighting for pet projects in their home state and adding onto the $15,000,000,000 debt. Awesome! 

        • Anonymous

          You need to add 3 zeroes to your debt figure, I think. Thanks U.S Govmint.

      • Anonymous

        Actually as much as I adore and respect Senator Collins, I don’t believe the sacred island, with the 6-millon dollar gate and billions of wasted tax payer dollars every year, holds nearly as much importance as the rest of our state. It would be another story if she could relocate the gravy yard to Penobscot Bay where its welfare payroll would benefit more of the state of Maine than that of New Hampshire and Kittery.

      • The Pope wishes Holly(Holy) was on him:-)

    • Know Nothing

      If you want to read about only national news go to cnn. Last time I looked this wasn’t a national newspaper?

    • Anonymous

      why don’t you take your toys and go play in your yard since you can’t seem to get along in this yard……

    • Anonymous

      If you don’t enjoy the story, turn the page.

      • Anonymous

        Here I am
        On the road again
        There I am
        Up on the stage
        Here I go
        Playin’ star again
        There I go
        Turn the page

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, MountainMan.  Here’s one nobody who DOES care!

    • Anonymous

       You are soooo wrong. It is nice to see one of the most powerful women in the US choose to have her wedding in her small hometown in Maine.

    •  “No one cares about Susan Collins’ life.” Hmmm… 105 comments tells me you’re wrong.

       Susan Collins’ wedding is indeed news, whether you like it or not. Big news? No. But it is news. It’s newsy enough to make people who claim it’s not news post comments.

    • Anonymous

      Come on MountainMan! She’s A Maine senator.  And I’m no fan of the BND, but it is Maine’s biggest newspaper.  Susan is a great person, and a lot ofpeople care about her life.

  • Anonymous

    Hope they have a happy life together.

  • Anonymous

    It is good news, and I extend best wishes to Susan and congratulations to her husband, Tom. 
    Susan looks radiant and happy, and that is great.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations.  Happiness is being married to your best friend.

    • Anonymous

      And it will only get better. Couldn’t be happier for this couple. They have both given so much to us all. May each day be blessed.

  • Amy Fried

    Mazel Tov, Senator Collins!

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to Senator Susan Collins and Mr. Thomas A. Daffron on their marriage.  How nice that they choose her hometown of Caribou for a small wedding with a modest gathering of family and close friends with whom to share their special day.   I wish them much happiness for the rest of their lives.

  • Congratulations. All the best.

  • Anonymous

    There are two forgotten Michael Collins. The Command Module pilot of Apollo 11 rarely gets mentioned with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Not the same guy right?

    • Anonymous

      He didn’t get to set his feet on the moon either. Outstanding professional that got the job done.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not gifted or brilliant, but I took and taught 9th grade civics….trust me anyone who has Senator in front of their name is important. Seriously- do you know what powers the US Senate holds? 

    • Anonymous

      Compared to the powers of an online commenter?  A LOT.  And even this Democrat respects her for the common-sense ways she uses those powers.

    • Anonymous

      How much power does the senate hold??  Apparently not much as the Senate got crap done this year as well as last year……and great you teach high school and I teach at a university so what?  Having a title alone does not make one competent it is what one does- one’s record- and Collins is nothing extraordinary I would actually say she is very ordinary.  An ordinary person who got married like any other ordinary person.  

      • Anonymous

        Professor — Any chance we can not politicize this, and just extend our every best wish to a fellow Mainer who has devoted herself to public service and serving us, no matter how on-target or off-base you might think she has been?  Seriously, pal, this ain’t the time to voice evaluations: just send the newlyweds off with a smile and a wave and wish them any goodness you have within you for a married life together of joy, intimacy, and bright moments.  Hm?

      • Anonymous

        Glad you aren’t a “professor of punctuation.” Haha.  Kidding aside, though, Helena is right.
        This isn’t the time.

      • Anonymous

        You certainly don’t write like a college instructor!

    • Anonymous

       I believe every human (and animal) is and are important.

    • Anonymous

      Yes I am kennely aware of what powers “OUR” Senate holds like voting for the MURDEROUS Iraq “Invasion”. voting for the National Defence Authorization Act, which takes our constitutionally  guarenteed rights of due legal process away from US, [ALL OF US , except for our dictator in chief.]Yes ms. collins you deserve to be happy on your wedding day but welcome to the day after. I have several questions to ask you about like what is “OUR”  homeland security department doing with their order for 450,000,000 million rounds of  Hollow Point Bulletts on top of the billions of rounds of other amunitions??? Sounds like they are getting ready to slaughter each and every one of US many times over,  hu?  I am requesting  the immediatly the cancelation of this order as it is a clear violation of both the Geneva Convention and the Nurnberg Trials. Not to mention that clearly, you can see, being the co-chair of the    homeland security committee of oversight,   that if you make any cuts to unnecessary spending then FIRST ON THE LIST should be to IMMEDIATLY cancel funding of the order for 450,000,000 million + rounds of Hollow-Point Bulletts by   homeland  security.  ASK THEM WHO THEY ARE INTENDED TO BE USED ON ?  US ???   WHAT ARE THEY EXPECTING ???  AN ARMED REBELLION ???   SOMEONE  OUT THERE CAN BRING THIS TO HER IMMEDIATE ATTENTION PLEASE WITH WORD OF HER SOLUTION OF THIS SITUATION.  When Sen Cohen showed his outrage for the $900n dollar hammers and the $500  dollar toilet seats we applauded. Now it’s your turn “senator”    CANCEL THE ORDER FOR THE 450,000,000 MILLION + ROUNDS OF ILLEGAL HOLLOW-POINT BULLETTS THAT HAVE BEEN REQUESTED BY  [OUR] HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT FOR DOMESTIC USE !!!!!!!     DO YOUR JOB !!!   now!          SIGNED,  Hon. Ralph Coffman  Old Town, Maine        

      hollow-Point

  • Anonymous

    I hope that the BDN – a paper for which I have a great deal of respect – does not limit its stories only to things that you care about. This story is about a significant event in the life of a significant citizen of Maine. Believe it or not Maine isn’t only about you and MountainMan. Instead of just looking in the mirror take some time to discover Maine and the people of Maine.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. Not a fan of her as a Senator, or of congress in general. But the fact remains that she is recognized all over the place for what she does in the Senate.  That makes this newsworthy. This is actually a nice story to have in the paper. It’s can’t all be about the economy,wars,diseases,death, poverty ect. 
      And I don’t care if I had never heard of her before this story. it’s a nice story anyway.
      I love to rant alot about the daily events of the world and how I think things are messed up as much as the next person but there is a limit.

  • Anonymous

    The following day after Michael’s marijuna arrest, it was reported in the Kennebec Journal that Michael was a fugative from justice for years after a 1976 escape from a jail in Canada. He had been serving an 18-month sentence in Canada for possession and intention to sell amphetamines. Collins was released by the Bangor District Court upon payment of a $40,000 bail and I have never heard anything about him since that time.

    • Anonymous

      shhhhhhhh,,, we don’t talk about that.. sweeep sweeeeep,,,, lmao,,, i mean really, how would the snooty feel if that was brought up!!

      • Anonymous

         none of us has control over the shape or size of our noses or the actions of siblings

        • Anonymous

          Very true. It’s amazing how often a person is held accountable, or at least, bothered bothered by the press for, the actions of a relative that they have no control over.

    • Anonymous

      Collins’ gubernatorial campaign was a difficult experience. Many of Maine’s leading Republicans gave her the cold shoulder, and her fundraising lagged behind rivals Angus King (I) and Joseph Brennan (D). Collins also took heavy criticism from conservative groups for her views on social issues. The lowest point in the campaign came when Collins’ brother Michael was arrested in connection with a $1 million marijuana distribution operation on the day she planned to hold a press conference on welfare reform. Collins finished third in the general election, netting merely 23 percent of the vote. “I got clobbered,” Collins said of the race.
      Interesting to say the least.

    • Anonymous

      What’s a “fugative”?  Is that anything like a “fricative”?  If so, I don’t understand what you’re saying, Billy Boi.  What’s a fricative from justice — a phoneme, or something?
       

  • Anonymous

    Interesting she chose not to get married in a Catholic Church since her bio mentions she’s Roman Catholic.  Congratulations to both, wishing you both happiness for the rest of your lives.

    • Anonymous

      being a RINO she wanted to get married in a more liberal denomination

      • Anonymous

        She is a lovely bride and the dimensions of her nose have no bearing on any of this.

        • Anonymous

          Let’s see how far that flies over his head, Helena.

      • Anonymous

         Catholic Church is pretty liberal, OK to sexually abuse young boys, transfer the transgressing priests to another church where they can abuse more kids. if the heat gets too bad, ship the bad priests to Vatican City.

    • Anonymous

      It’s his second marriage.  If he’s divorced, the Church would prohibit the marriage in one of their churches.

      • Anonymous

         yes, I notice how tolerant the Catholic Church is

    • Anonymous

       article says she married in her dad’s church and her new husband was married before so the Catholics may have had a problem with this. Too bad for them, missed a chance for good publicity.

  • Anonymous

    He looks terrified!

  • Anonymous

    So what?

    • Anonymous

      It’s fine if you don’t care. Others do. Move on.

  • What a beautiful bride! Congratulations!

  • Anonymous

     I wondered why Michael was not mentioned in the article. Maybe the family is no longer close like they once were, but I’m sure someone here knows. Caribou was always a close-knit community back then and a great place to grow up.

    • Anonymous

      Susan said at the time (in the presence of Steve Abbott) that she was shocked and saddened to learn of the charges brought against her brother – and that it was a very difficult time for her entire family. She also said, “This is a matter for the courts, not the political process and that she was confident of the fairness and compassion of the people of Maine.” As it turned out, she was correct about everything. Susan Collins has served the Maine people well in spite of her brothers errors.

      • Anonymous

         I remember at the time how she was ambushed by someone in public who couldn’t wait to get her personal shocked reaction on camera. I was simply wondering where Michael is now which isn’t what you are addressing.

  • Anonymous

    A beautiful bride, a lovely couple.  May you have many blessings and a long life together.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations! Sharp looking couple! 

  • Anonymous

    I must say, she was a very pretty bride in a beautiful dress.

  • Guest

    Best wishes Susan.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations and many years of happiness, friendship and laughter to keep you both happy, healthy and true to yourselves. 

  • Anonymous

    Our best goes out to the beautiful couple and may their years be filled with happiness and joy!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a fan of her politics, but I’m a big fan of people being happy and she looks happy!  Congratulations to both of them.  May their joy grow every year they are together.

    • Anonymous

       of course she looks happy – she married the CEO of a DC  “Consultant Firm” (that’s code for Lobbyist.)   no concerns about fundraising in Collins future.  hubby will take care of that for her.

      • Anonymous

        Right on! Look at the poverty in the Caribou area, Collins is a disaster as a Senator, She has done nothing for Maine. Her husband has the dumb look, like he does not know what is going on, don’t believe it, he stands now to rise his and her much higher in the 1% group, Maine, hmmm, just a place to get married, their house is in DC.

        • Anonymous

           I believe she also has a house in Bangor

        • You couldn’t, just one day be happy for her.  What a bummer.

          • Anonymous

            Hun, Susan Collins is a do nothing Senator, she was in cahoots with Bush to get us in the Iraq War, she should have known better, her action have made a mess of the post office, she is most unqualified to hold that office, she is basically not of a higher enough intelligence, and I am sick and tired of her acting, she has not hornwaggle me, so no, not only no, but %&$& no, so her and the lobbiest will go back to DC and do nothing for Maine. We need industry, help with school funding, we need her to step in and caution Gov Lerage,she does not have the energy or want to pick Maine up, she will help individuals, yes, but her insight is lacking. We should hear speeches or press releases of what Maine needs and what she is going to do. She needs to work for us, not sit around and help and individual once in a while, or make a headline doing nothing like the post office bill. And that is just for openers, I am fed up with do nothings in DC.

  • Anonymous

    This is a human interest story. I may be a human, but I’m just not interested. But I understand why BDN published it. I’d have been shocked if they didn’t.

  • Susan, my friend; I wish you and your husband many years of hapiness. Sumner in San Antonio.

  • Anonymous

    Mazel tov, you crazy kids!  May you have many years of happiness!

  • Anonymous

    She looks like a radiant bride, and that dress is perfectly beautiful.  Congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds!

  • Anonymous

    Now I see why that church has been having a makeover for the last few months.

    • Anonymous

      Probably the only thing that got a make over up there this year.

      • Anonymous

         “Up there.” Caribou and north is still part of Maine. Take a trip this fall when the leaves are pretty. Might learn something about ‘the other Maine.”

  • Anonymous

    Now I see why that church has been having such a big makeover for the last few months.

  • Will her husband be sleeping in the basement still (as reported when they announced their engagement!)  in their home in DC they bought together this year? 

    • Anonymous

       I doubt he has been sleeping in the basement

  • Anonymous

    I actually had to look twice, I thought she married Harry Reid.

  • Anonymous

    Best Wishes

  • Anonymous

    There is a time and a place for everything. And this, t4rc, is not the place. Spread joy at a wedding and rejoice in their love.  That’s all.  If you have nothing nice to say on this occasion, please say nothing at all.  It’s a WEDDING for heaven’s sake.

    • Anonymous

      “This” is not a wedding. It’s an article in the Bangor Daily News. Should I send her a letter with my concerns so some intern can send me back a boilerplate letter about how she’s waffled on the issue?

      She opted for public life (for only 12 years, but she wasn’t a leader enough to live up to that pledge) so she gets what comes with that. At no time will I be silent in my criticism of her and the others who are intentionally destroying the future of my children.

      • Anonymous

        Well, then, we’re going to get one of the groomsmen to ask you to leave, given that you don’t know how to behave appropriately at a wedding.

        BTW, do you also picket at military funerals?

        • Anonymous

          Time for the two of us to hang it up, Helena.  Time4realchange is a tea partier and there is no reasoning with that extremist group. 

          • Anonymous

            You got the first part of your statement correct. Nice of you to cast off an entire group of people. Really speaks volumes for you as a person and your ability to deal with reality. 

      • Anonymous

  • Anonymous

    Who voted with Bush and got us in the Iraq mess? Who helped sponsor a bill that the post office has to pre-fund it retirees health fund 75 years ahead in just 10 years, causing a 5.5 billion bill for the post office each september? Who watches the us military buy ammo and plane parts from china? Who should be up here almost treating our plight like an emergency helping Maine People? Who does absolutely nothing for Maine, but knows how to grab a headline? Okay, she got married and bought a house in DC. Some young couple in Bangor, or Calais probably won’t be able to buy a house, probably won’t find any real good job, probably will be in deep financial trouble in a couple of years, who is our Senator who should be up here fighting for Maine People?? You seen her lately in your area???

    • Anonymous

       yes, I have as a matter of fact

  • Anonymous

    Collins is not a Princess, she is not Queen of Maine, she is an elected Senator who is supposed to represent Maine People. She has watched Maine People grow poorer, the rich here get richer. I gather, she is burned out, is coasting, I wish she would step down, Maine People still have a chance if we had a Senator who took our plight serious. Collins is a great actress, she gets up there with that squeaky voice, trying to make Mainers feel she is there old lost aunt, then does nothing for Maine, Gawd Help Us.

    • Anonymous

       I heard she took speaking lesson to improve the voice.

      • Anonymous

        And, as you’ll no doubt attest, we frown on people taking steps to do what they believe will improve themselves professionally. Great comment, Stocky.

  • Anonymous

    A “Small Caribou Wedding?” Reads like a couple of mini-elk were hitched.

    • Anonymous

      You are  obviously not a “Mainer.”

      • Anonymous

        Am too!

        A Small Caribou Wedding, is when two mini-elk get hitched. No two ways about it.

  • Anonymous

    Repeat after me:  the wedding, the wedding, the wedding, the wedding.  Got it?

  • Anonymous

    She looks beautiful with her handsome husband. Congratulations to them!
     

  • Why didn’t she wear her Republican Red Dress?

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to Senator Collins and Thomas Daffron. How wonderful she went back home for her wedding. There’s always something about going home…..especially for a loving celebration. The dress is elegant and they look so happy !

  • Well, makes sense to me, I allways said that Politicians where in bed with lobbyist!

    They may as well get married!

    • Anonymous

      And all this time that you’ve been saying this, has anyone ever understood what you were saying? you’ll pardon my asking.

  • Anonymous

    Aw,  she looks really pretty.

  • Anonymous

    All her other “friends” must be crushed, finally after all these years she is switching teams? 

    • Anonymous

       I don’t believe there is any truth to your comment. It takes some of us a while to find the right 1.

  • Anonymous

    Did they have the ceremony in “the middle of the road” in Caribou?  Just kidding!  Congrats to a powerful Maine couple.

  • Anonymous

    Susan Collins is no Margurite Chase Smith.

  • Anonymous

    do we have to have the arrow pointing at his privates? 

  • Anonymous

    Is that a foreign car in the picture?? We can just hope for Friday, and gets this off the front pages.

  • i can’t believe what some are saying on here..come on now, not everything is political and i’m so sick of you making it so. can’t you be happy for anyone, other then yourselves? or can you even do that? congratulations Sen. Collins, all the best. and thank you for not “rubbing it into the faces of mainers” with a lavish expensive wedding. simple is so much better anyway! i hope you have many happy, healthy years together

  • Anonymous

    I could care less about Collins personal life.  Its her republican agenda to get Obama out of office since republican majority  took over the House.  After watching her every no vote on public  TV, she  voted no along with her cohorts in the Senate the last 4 years is disgusting.   Expecially voting no on jobs bills, tax cuts for middleclass,   that would have helped Mainers.  And now,  seniors had better worry and follow her vote if a republican gets president, which she will more then likely go along with making  drastic cuts in Medicare.  Bragging her presence for every vote doesn’t count for much.  

  • What a beautiful and lovely couple.  I loved her dress.

  • Anonymous

    Congradulations Susan and Thomas…wishing you much happiness and health in your marriage.  You look WONDERFUL!!!!

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