January 21, 2013

Celebrating inauguration with might and Maine in Washington

A politically connected law firm and the New Zealand embassy host an exclusive gathering of the Pine Tree State's VIPs.

By Kevin Miller kmiller@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Former Maine Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, speaks with a group at a Maine-centered inaugural party in Washington, D.C.,Sunday. The party was co-hosted by the Maine law firm Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios and the New Zealand Embassy.

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Preti Flaherty attorney Simon Leeming also serves as one of New Zealand's honorary consuls to New England.

Maine's congressional delegation has raised serious concerns about how the elimination of tariffs on footwear under the trade partnership could affect New Balance's factories in Maine. During remarks, Kirk acknowledged that he and Michaud do not always see eye-to-eye on free-trade issues, but said the two men have been able to work closely together to achieve more balance on trade.

He said that during inauguration events, "we can set aside what may seem to be issues that divide us and come together around what unites us. And that's what's special about this weekend as Americans. Our inauguration is a time to lay down our political swords and celebrate how blessed we are."

GOP Gov. Paul LePage was a notable absence, as were recently retired Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe and her husband, former Maine Gov. John McKernan.

But there were more than a few Republicans in the crowd. They included Charlie Summers, the former Maine secretary of state who ran against King in last year's Senate race, and the Rosens: former state Rep. Kim Rosen, R-Bucksport, and her husband, former state Sen. Richard Rosen, who is now LePage's director of the Office of Policy and Management.

Washington Bureau Chief Kevin Miller can be contacted at (207) 317-6256 or at:

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