Friday, May 24, 2013
Michael Cuzzi and Dan Demeritt, who write a political column in the Insight section of the Maine Sunday Telegram, take their commentary on Maine politics to the blogosphere. Dan Demeritt made material contributions to the Maine political campaigns that sent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to Washington in 1996 and Gov. Paul LePage to the Blaine House in 2010. His track record of success is among Maine's best. After LePage’s election, Dan was named the new governor’s director of communications, helping the new administration transition into office and overseeing the public relations work of the agencies and offices of state government. An entrepreneur at heart, Dan now runs Winning Initiatives, a political and public relations consultancy. He is a graduate of Colby College and holds an MBA from the University of Southern Maine. Dan, his wife, Martha, and their three sons live in Sidney.
Dan can be reached at email@example.com
On Twitter: @demerrittdan
Michael Cuzzi is a veteran of presidential and congressional campaigns and an expert at developing communications programs that shape public opinion and legislative policies. Michael currently manages the Portland office for VOX Global, a strategic communications and public affairs headquartered in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining VOX, Michael served as the political director for Obama for America in New Hampshire. Michael is a former campaign manager for Tom Allen for Congress, and advance lead for Kerry-Edwards. He also has worked in the private sector at Akzo Nobel, a Fortune Global 500 company based in the Netherlands. Michael spent two years in central Maine as an AmeriCorps*VISTA, is a graduate of Colby College and lives in Scarborough with his wife and daughter.
Michael can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @CuzzMJ
My column on Sunday considered how Gov. LePage's reliance on the veto coupled with the dramatically different makeup of the incoming, Democrat-controlled 126th Legislature will create an outsized opportunity for leadership from centrist Republicans.
Some facts and tangents that were cut due to space limitations:
LePage vetoed 24 bills in two years of working with a Republican-dominated Legislature that enacted 702 public laws. Two of LePage's vetoes were overridden by two-third majorities in both the House and Senate.