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  •  Big supporter of Creative Economy (3+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, ArkDem14, parsonsbeach

    Provided capital for some creative economy start-ups in ME in the mid-2000s.

    Magical ability to pull voters from both sides of the aisle with his "(I)" -- note large numbers of deliberately unenrolled Maine voters; the fact that he's making noise about being nonpartisan is going to persuade a lot of common sense but apolitical types sick to death of hyperpartisan gridlock. I think his presence will give a lot of moderate Republicans an "out" -- having a viable yet non-Democrat option on the ballot. Sort of the mirror image of all those anti-Carter Dems glomming onto Anderson during the 1980 Presidential race.

    Politicians who can speak to voters on both sides of the aisle and vote based on principals (vs. the strict party line thing), have long been favored in these parts. I know lots of Democrats that admire the heck out of Republican Margaret Chase Smith for that reason, and it kept Snowe in office for a lot longer than she deserved once she started toeing the GOP line.

    King also has both near-universal name recognition here and a few appealing quirks...I know a lot of low-info, not-interested-in-politics types who think it's cool that he used to ride a motorcycle, and did this after leaving office, instead of accepting a high-paying lobbying job (from teh Wiki):

    The day after he left office in 2003, King, his wife, Mary Herman, and their two children – Ben, 14, and Molly, 10 – hit the road in a 40-foot motorhome to see America. Over the next six months, the family traveled 15,000 miles and visited 34 states before returning home in June 2003.

    "When did it fall apart? Sometime in the '80s / When the great and the good gave way to the greedy and the mean." - Billy Bragg

    by Vacationland on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 02:00:06 PM PDT

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