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How “Independent” is Senate Candidate Angus King?

posted at 9:32 pm on May 22, 2012 by

Earlier this month, Angus King was still playing footsie with the strangely incurious media about which party he plans to caucus with if he’s elected to the US Senate. In this case, it was Chris Matthews asking questions of the media’s soon-to-be favorite independent candidate.

Asked by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews which party King might caucus with if elected, the former two-term Maine governor seemed unconcerned about making a decision anytime soon.

“If you read the Constitution, Article 1 talks about Congress … and the word caucus doesn’t appear anywhere. Neither does the word party,” King said. “And I don’t see how you can necessarily exclude a duly elected United States senator from Maine or anywhere else because they refuse to join one or the other of the party caucuses.”

Matthews then jumped in: “Why don’t you say … I will give up all my committee assignments to maintain my independence.”

King replied: “That is absolutely an option and is one of the options I am considering.”

Oh, tee hee…isn’t he just dreamy? Such an independent spirit! Such a bold thinker! Such a…tiresome seller of absolute nonsense to an overly credulous media.

Rick Bennett, who is running for the GOP nomination, does the work the strangely incurious media seems incapable or unwilling to do and finds that for an independent, Angus sure seems to heavily favor one political party over the other. In fact, the day after Snowe announced her retirement, Angus gave $6,000 to the DNC.

But now he’s the “independent” candidate for her seat.

This isn’t the first time the strangely incurious media has completely ignored an “independent” candidate’s political donations. The moderate, middle-of-the-road rhetoric is their pablum – soft, easy to digest and so, so comforting and tasty.  Still, as I said when Eliot Cutler was playing this game, even if one doesn’t believe in the Bible as a theological document, it’s hard to deny the truths about human nature in that book. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” A simple concept – money is valuable, so we tend to spend it on things we want or believe in. All of Angus King’s donations have gone to one of the two political parties he now claims to transcend.

Still, I was willing to admit that maybe I’m being unfair to Angus and that maybe he’s been more independent in the past. Maybe Bennett’s numbers are just a fluke.  So I did more research on his donation history:

Huh. There’s where this “independent’s” treasure went.  Anyone want to guess where his heart is, or which party he’ll gravitate to if Maine elects him to the Senate?

Note: In the graphic, the three donations made by the donor listed as “Angus King III, Portland” were made by his son. The donations made by “King, Angus S.” were those of the Senate candidate.

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Anyone want to guess where his heart is, or which party he’ll gravitate to if Maine elects him to the Senate?

It depends. If the Republicans gain the majority, he will want to caucus with the Republicans, if the Democrats keep it, he will caucus with the Democrats. He will side with whichever party is in the majority.

crosspatch on May 22, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Angus King is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I made the mistake of believing him when he first ran as an independent for Governor of Maine. I was sadly mistaken in my assumptions.

The only independent part of King is, well, nothing. He is a leftist who tries hard to convince folks that he’s really a moderate when in fact he has rarely, if ever, supported anything remotely conservative coming from the Maine State Legislature, or anywhere else in the nation.

Angus King will have the backing of the Dems in Maine, though they will likely run a sacrificial candidate against him in order to provide cover for themselves.

Don’t be fooled by him. He is every bit the leftist/socialist that Chellie Pingree is, talking out both sides of his mouth while doing and supporting anything that will help him gain and hold office and/or personally enrich him and his bank accounts.

Angus King talked a big game in Maine, but his terms as governor were disasters, further pushing Maine’s economy into the toilet while trying to push more and more money into his union friend’s pockets, and the pockets of his leftist enablers.

TKindred on May 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM

King is a Democrat. That said, this strategery of calling the Democrat an “Independent” and selling the fake by running a no-hope “Democrat” third candidate did NOT work out for the Democrats in Maine in 2010. They wound up splitting the lefty idiot vote and allowing the first conservative governor in decades to squeak into office.

Let’s hope Angus and the other Democrat split the vote and help us get a Republican Senator.

joe_doufu on May 23, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Wouldn’t that be grand? I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by Governor LePage. It’s nice, too, that he has a GOP-controlled legislature to help him try and undo the damage the past few decades of leftist control has done.

TKindred on May 23, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Yeah, it’s no coincidence that just after King entered the race, Michaud and Pingree – either of whom would have had good chances at the seat after defeating the other for the Democratic nomination – decided to sit this one out. The orders were delivered from above, see. King is the Democratic candidate and he will give this seat to the Democrats. He is no more an independent than Bernie Sanders.

It just means we need to pick up 5 elsewhere. NE, ND, MT, MO, WI… And every seat beyond that is one less RINO we need to deal with. (Except of course for cloture voters, where we’re stuck for a while yet…)

Gingotts on May 23, 2012 at 4:20 PM