Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Maine Sen. Barry Hobbins, D-Saco, isn't exactly a young, new party leader. In fact, Hobbins has hit his limit for service in the Senate and is running for a seat in the Maine House. But, Hobbins said, he wouldn't be campaigning again if he thought Democrats would still be the minority party next year.
"We learned from our mistakes in the 2010 election and we pledge that never will it happen again," Hobbins said.
Pollard offers something different
The Democratic State Convention didn't have the drama of the contentious Republican gathering a few weeks ago. But it wasn't entirely predictable, either.
U.S. Senate candidate Benjamin Pollard gave an entirely unconventional convention speech. He talked about the need for "a new public consciousness" and his dreams of world peace. He quoted Ghandi – "being the change I want to see in the world." He even asked the delegates to hold their applause until the end, though he later admitted that was a bad idea.
"I made a mistake. I should have let you applaud all long because it gives me time to relax," he said.
Pollard paused a couple of times when he caught himself "droning on a bit" about foreign affairs or trade policy. "I'm going to try to step up the enthusiasm," he said, taking a breath and sharing a laugh with the audience. "But you're all doing great."
Pollard may not have won the delegates' votes, but his honesty and idealism got him a standing ovation.