Ever hear of a political candidate running for high office who refuses to declare party affiliation until AFTER the election? Well, you have now.
Meet “Independent”, Angus King
Angus King is his name and the Pine Tree State of Maine is his address. Unless the Earth opens up and swallows the entire state, King will be elected as the next U.S. Senator from Maine in a landslide. With three months to go before election day, King holds a huge lead in every political poll, with some suggesting he’ll win with more than 70% of the vote.
To give you an idea of his bipartisan popularity, King clobbered Maine Senator Susan Collins in his first run at public office – the Governorship in 1994. He went on to serve two terms in Augusta. In 1998, he was reelected with 59 percent of the vote to 19 percent for Republican Jim Longley Jr. (the son of the former governor) and 12 percent for Democrat Thomas Connolly.
Now before anyone actually believes that Angus King is an “Independent”, consider this info from Wiki:
King opposes oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, believing the relatively small amount of oil is not worth the environmental risk of extracting it. He also believes that new developments in the energy field, such as fracking and the Keystone XL pipeline should be subject to “all appropriate environmental safeguards to protect the American people and the American land.”
He opposes the creation of a Maine Woods National Park, believing local control is the best way to conserve land.
King supports the principle of the No Budget, No Pay Act, to prevent members of Congress from being paid until a budget is passed, but would seek a requirement that any passed budget “works” and is not simply a bad budget passed to meet the requirement.
King supports reform of the Senate filibuster, noting that Senators are no longer required to stand on the floor and speak during a filibuster. He also points out that a 60-vote requirement to conduct business in the Senate was not included in the Constitution by the Framers.
King supports Same-sex marriage, stating that it is “necessary to provide couples and their families with equal protection under the law.”
In almost every case, King comes down on the side of the faction known as Clinton Democrats or worse – far left-wing Democrats.
Just when we thought we were done with Senator Olympia Snowe’s foolishness as the very definition of “RINO”, along comes Angus King – a Democrat like Bernie Sanders of Vermont – who pretends he isn’t.
A net loss of one Republican(?), if you could call Snowe a Republican, in the United States Senate.