Friday, March 7, 2014
The joke around the State House Thursday was that there are may be three or four people not considering a run for the 2nd Congressional District. The mad scramble was touched off by the seat's current holder U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, who announced he was launching an exploratory committee to run for governor.
One name was consistently mentioned: House Rep. Kenneth Fredette, the Republican minority leader.
You can scratch off Fredette. On Friday, David Sorensen, communications director for the House Republican Office, released the following statement from Fredette:
“With a daughter starting her first year of college, a son starting his freshman year of high school in the fall, and a wife dedicated to teaching her first grade class here in Maine, now is not the time for me to run for Congress. I will instead focus on my family, my law practice, my district, and the important matters before the Maine Legislature.”Tweet
Steve Mistler covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.