Politicians hobnob on nation’s birthday

Posted July 05, 2012, at 2:24 p.m.
Angus King, independent candidate for U.S. Senate, poses with Ann Tolan and Noa Sreden, the Banana Splits from Dots Ice Cream shop, prior to the start of the Bath Heritage Days parade on Wednesday.
Angus King, independent candidate for U.S. Senate, poses with Ann Tolan and Noa Sreden, the Banana Splits from Dots Ice Cream shop, prior to the start of the Bath Heritage Days parade on Wednesday. Buy Photo
Angus King during the Bath Heritage Days parade on Wednesday.
Angus King during the Bath Heritage Days parade on Wednesday. Buy Photo
Angus King and his wife, Mary, crack up after spotting something funny in the crowd at the Bath Heritage Days parade on July 4, 2012.
Angus King and his wife, Mary, crack up after spotting something funny in the crowd at the Bath Heritage Days parade on July 4, 2012. Buy Photo
Charlie Summers shakes hands during the Bangor-Brewer Fourth of July parade.
Charlie Summers shakes hands during the Bangor-Brewer Fourth of July parade. Buy Photo
A supporter of Charlie Summers carries a political sign during the Bangor Fourth of July parade on Wednesday.
A supporter of Charlie Summers carries a political sign during the Bangor Fourth of July parade on Wednesday. Buy Photo
Cynthia Dill, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, pets a puppy while campaigning in Auburn on Wednesday.
Cynthia Dill, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, pets a puppy while campaigning in Auburn on Wednesday. Buy Photo
Cynthia Dill's handbag.
Cynthia Dill's handbag. Buy Photo
A girl holds a Dill button given to her by Cynthia Dill at the Liberty Festival in Lewiston on July 4, 2012.
A girl holds a Dill button given to her by Cynthia Dill at the Liberty Festival in Lewiston on July 4, 2012. Buy Photo
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, looks up to the skies during a thunderstorm that damaged her umbrella and forced the postponement of the Fourth of July fireworks show in Portland.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, looks up to the skies during a thunderstorm that damaged her umbrella and forced the postponement of the Fourth of July fireworks show in Portland.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, right, walks with friends Bill and Laura Burton, with their son, Oscar, 1, after a thunderstorm forced the postponement of the July 4 fireworks show in Portland.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, right, walks with friends Bill and Laura Burton, with their son, Oscar, 1, after a thunderstorm forced the postponement of the July 4 fireworks show in Portland.
Republican candidate for U.S. House Jon Courtney greets a man at a movie rental store during his &quotSolutions from Main Street Tour" in Bath on Tuesday.
Republican candidate for U.S. House Jon Courtney greets a man at a movie rental store during his "Solutions from Main Street Tour" in Bath on Tuesday. Buy Photo
Mark Schoninger, owner of Bath Natural Market,  questions Jon Courtney during a campaign tour in Bath on Tuesday.
Mark Schoninger, owner of Bath Natural Market, questions Jon Courtney during a campaign tour in Bath on Tuesday. Buy Photo
Republican candidate for 1st District House Jon Courtney, center, talks with Jeffrey Pierce, a Republican candidate for Maine Senate, on a campaign swing through Bath on Tuesday.
Republican candidate for 1st District House Jon Courtney, center, talks with Jeffrey Pierce, a Republican candidate for Maine Senate, on a campaign swing through Bath on Tuesday. Buy Photo
Candidate for US Congress Kevin Raye and his supporters marched in the Bar Harbor Fourth of July parade on Wednesday.
Candidate for US Congress Kevin Raye and his supporters marched in the Bar Harbor Fourth of July parade on Wednesday. Buy Photo
A marcher in the Bar Harbor Fourth of July parade shows his support for Kevin Raye.
A marcher in the Bar Harbor Fourth of July parade shows his support for Kevin Raye. Buy Photo
Mike Michaud gets a hug from a supporter before the Bangor-Brewer Fourth of July parade.
Mike Michaud gets a hug from a supporter before the Bangor-Brewer Fourth of July parade. Buy Photo
Greg Olson, campaign director for Mike Michaud, marches in the Bangor Fourth of July parade on Wednesday.
Greg Olson, campaign director for Mike Michaud, marches in the Bangor Fourth of July parade on Wednesday. Buy Photo

Politicians hit the streets Wednesday to shake hands, kiss babies and see the sights of Independence Day.

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