Monday, December 9, 2013
By BEN GRANT
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I wasn't assigned these values when I registered as a Democrat.
I registered as a Democrat because I already had these values, and that makes all the difference.
So, when I -- and many Democrats -- look at Eliot Cutler or Angus King, we have to decide if they share enough of our values to make them a better alternative to the Republicans.
Cutler failed that test in 2010 for many, in particular when he compared the NEA to George Wallace.
King has failed that test -- so far -- in 2012 because of his flirtation with Mitch McConnell. We are more than a pro-choice, pro-marriage party (of course, we are thrilled to be those things, too!), and we share many of those "other" values with a majority of Maine people.
And that, in the end, is the only measure that matters when we walk into the voting booth.
Rest assured, the Maine Democratic Party is here to stay. The Democratic nominee for president is about to win this state for the sixth presidential election in a row, and we are poised to regain the state house.
We are also solid in our values and proud to both promote them from the grassroots and to support candidates who share them.
Cynthia Dill shares those values, and she is our candidate. If Angus King wants more Democratic support, it's not we who need to change.
Ben Grant is chairman of the Maine Democratic Party.
This story was updated at 8:17 a.m. on Friday September 28, 2012 to correct the name of the writer.