Is Maine ready for another independent governor?

Posted June 14, 2010, at 12:25 p.m.

Maine elected independent James Longley as governor in 1974, and independent Angus King in 1994 and 1998. With that track record, do independent candidates Eliot Cutler, Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott each have a good chance of winning in November?

Will the front-runner among independents, Mr. Cutler, a former Democrat, steal votes from Democratic nominee Libby Mitchell, and help Paul LePage win? Or do the far-left and far-right ideologies of Ms. Mitchell and Mr. LePage clear the way for a more moderate, centrist candidate?

What questions does Mr. Cutler have to answer in order to become a credible independent candidate? What constitutes a moderate, centrist candidate?