April 1, 2012

Jonathan Riskind: Bid by Angus King sends the parties scrambling

By Jonathan Riskind

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Hinck last week went after Maine Attorney General William Schneider, one of the GOP Senate candidates, charging that Schneider wasted public funds with his trip to Washington to sit in on one of the health care law oral arguments.

Schneider said he was there just to represent the state on the brief signed on to by Maine and other GOP-led states contending the health care law is unconstitutional.

But Schneider no doubt didn't mind finding a way to stand out from the GOP field.

And that brings us to why Democrats no doubt took even more comfort last week that the socially liberal but more fiscally conservative King will decide to caucus with their party if he wins.

King told The Portland Press Herald that he supported President Obama's health care law and is "hopeful that the constitutionality will be upheld."

Even GOP moderates like Snowe and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine favor the law's repeal, and that position has become a litmus test for Republicans.

While King said he wants to see if the law can be improved, his position that it is constitutional puts him apart from most Republicans – and affirms Democratic hopes that King might just save their Senate majority.


MaineToday Media Washington Bureau Chief Jonathan Riskind can be contacted at 791-6280 or at: jriskind@mainetoday.com


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