The Maine Candidates

Posted: 21/05/2008 in Uncategorized
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With the June primaries right around the corner I thought I’d start to take a look at what we’ve got to pick from for candidates. I’ll start out with the Senate race and work my way down. As far as the Presidential goes, I believe I’ll be voting for John McCain. My belief is that he’s the best choice we’ve got on the conservative side. There are other candidates that would make a better choice for me, such as Mike Huckabee, but if we conservatives don’t pull together, we’ve lost to the Socialist agenda.

Here’s the Maine Senate race card;

Susan Collins (R) Incumbent

Tom Allen (D) Congressman, Ex-Portland Mayor & Attorney

Tom Ledue (D) Educator

Laurie Dobson (Independent) Landscape Contractor, Ex-Journalist & Peace Activist

Herb Hoffman (Independent) Retired Psychologist, Army Veteran & Peace Activist

Dexter Kamilewicz (Independent) Realtor, Peace Activist & ’06 Congressional Candidate

Bill Slavick (Independent) Peace Activist, Retired Journalist, Army Veteran & ’06 Candidate

You’ve probably already guessed that I’m going to vote for Susan Collins, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any other people that would be a good choice. Some of the other candidates have some very good qualities, and if Collins wasn’t running for reelection I’d probably vote for one of them. But I won’t tell you who just yet. Stick with me for a few days and then I’ll let you in on my secondary picks.

Susan Collins

Being an incumbent always gives a candidate an edge, and sometimes it’s a pretty sharp edge. That’s the way it is in Susan’s case. I’ve never met her, but I like her just because of the way she does business. She’s voted for some laws that have left me wondering if I should be supportive of her, but on the other hand, she was the lone figure flying in the face of danger by voting nay on the recent Farm Bill passage. That was a costly and unnecessary burden on the taxpayer. It increased the food stamp allocation to help the poor, but that should’ve been on a bill of its own.

But that’s what I like in a candidate. Too often elected officials carry the partisan bickering with them into and throughout their candidacy. Susan Collins tries to work with both ends of the spectrum for a better America, as well as for a better Maine. Many of the Democrat’s in Washington bitterly denounce Bush and the war in Iraq, constantly fighting and backbiting to the detriment of the future of the US. When Bill Clinton was in the Oval office getting God knows what, amidst all of the shouting from the Republican side, Susan Collins went about her work, trying to make a better future. We need more of that in Washington, and I for one would like to see her continue on in her post as my elected representative.

Her campaign site has a quote from Bill Cohen that says;

“Susan is one of the real stars in the United States Senate. [She] comes from that long lineage of Maine leaders who understand that most people live in the center of life, that you can’t govern from the extremes.”
Bill Cohen

If she’s good enough for Bill, that’s good enough for me. Another thing is that she’s on hand for every vote, having made some 3,500 consecutive votes, while other Senators wander around trying to look like they’re doing their jobs. That kind of integrity is hard to come by today. But check her out yourselves. Her website can be found at; Next time I’ll tackle Tom Allen, not that it’ll be much of a job.

  1. Laurie Dobson says:

    Hi, Dan,
    Thanks for mentioning our campaign on your blog. I’ve also won awards for work on environmental projects for habitat restoration and school, neighborhood and town planning. I’m a landscape designer and planner, and have also done installations, so contractor is also correct.
    Hope we can talk sometime. There are real issues with voting for Susan this time around, not to mention the fact that she promised a two term run, and I have two letters from her saying so. Other things as well, pretty bothersome issues and concerns to Mainers, including me and many of the people I have spoken with.
    Laurie Dobson

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