Thursday, April 24, 2014
Angus King is about to roll out the heavy artillery – his Harley.
The 68-year-old former governor and a “gang” of his supporters will begin a 600-mile motorcycle tour of the state Monday. King will start in Fort Kent and end the ride in Kittery on Thursday.
Maine voters are familiar with the biker King, who rode in public charity events and showed off his wheels at the Blaine House as governor in the 1990s.
Spokeswoman Crystal Canney said it’s a good way to get out, away from the cell phones and meet voters in small towns. The Harley also is a heck of a campaign prop, especially judging by how often King's bike gets mentioned in the national media these days.
Here is a photo of King and his Harley in August 2002, published with a Lewiston Sun Journal story about a small-town encounter with the outgoing biker-governor.
Check out King's prophetic pull quote asking 'Who would want to leave Maine and work in Washington?' A constant question at the time was whether King would seek higher office, perhaps even the presidency. This was a common King response. It took 10 years, but he answered his own question.
Open Season is your guide to the 2014 campaign. Our team of political writers has its sights set on Maine’s major elections, from the Blaine House to the U.S. Capitol.
Steve Mistler is covering the 2014 governor's race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.
Steve can be reached at 791-6345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Twitter: @stevemistler
Eric Russell is covering Independent Eliot Cutler during the 2014 governor's race. He is a general assignment reporter for the Portland Press Herald.
Eric can be reached at 791-6344 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @pphericrussell
Matt Byrne is covering Republican Paul LePage during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth and Freeport for the Portland Press Herald.
Matt can be reached at 791-6303 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @mattbyrnePPH
Randy Billings is covering Democrat Mike Michaud during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Portland City Hall for the Portland Press Herald.
Randy can be reached at 791-6346 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @randybillings
Kevin Miller is covering Maine's U.S. Senate race and 1st Congressional District race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald.
Kevin can be reached at 317-6256 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @kevinmillerdc
Michael Shepherd is covering Maine's 2nd Congressional District race. He is a news and State House reporter for the Kennebec Journal.
Michael can be reached at 621-5632 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @mikeshepherdME