July 17, 2013

Greg Kesich: Challengers should challenge LePage and not each other

Eliot Cutler's early swipes at Mike Michaud can only help the governor hold on to the Blaine House.

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But if Cutler wants to run against Michaud, he should do it -- next June in the Democratic primary. If Cutler wants to skip that step and head right to November, he should run against the man he wants to replace.

Over the last two years, Cutler, who came within 10,000 votes of beating LePage, has been absent from the policy wars that race brought us.

Instead of being the standard bearer for opposition to the governor, he has been committed to the notion that both parties are equally to blame.

He recently came out for creating runoff elections in multi-candidate races, but when a bill to do that was before the Legislature this year, he did not campaign for it.

So now Cutler seems to be intending to run as hard against Michaud as he is against LePage. Maybe even harder, because most of LePage's supporters are not up for grabs.

If you are interested in seeing a different governor in January 2015, you don't want to see a big fight between Cutler and Michaud over the next 16 months. And there is no reason to have one.

Usually this far from the election, the hardest part of a campaign is getting anyone to pay attention.

Gov. LePage, with his uncanny ability to attract eyeballs, has guaranteed that won't be an issue.

People are already watching this race with great intensity. Now let's see what the candidates do with it.

Greg Kesich is the editorial page editor. He can be contacted at 791-6481 or at:



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