Saturday, April 19, 2014
Angus King's election to the U.S. Senate made headlines – or at least a headline – in Scotland.
It turns out that King's well-known Scottish roots make him somewhat of a local celebrity amid the lochs and highlands. It's kind of like the excitement Pres. Barack Obama's election in 2008 created in Kenya, without most of the excitement.
The Scotsman, a Scottish newspaper and web site, ran an item today about Maine's new senator noting that he "came on stage on Tuesday night to the sound of bagpipes."
"Angus King jokingly told The Scotsman he planned to be the first Angus in the Senate," the story says.
King goes on to tell the Scotsman about the state of partisanship in Congress and the polarization of the American media. And the Scotsman gives King what is apparently high praise for a Scottish politician: "Mr King is a canny old hand."
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