Saturday, May 18, 2013
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Former Gov. John Baldacci
Ben Grant, chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, said he is glad to see that Baldacci is interested but Democrats will have to do a lot of research and polling before they back a particular candidate.
"We all sense that Gov. LePage is vulnerable. His priorities just are not in line with Maine people," Grant said.
David Farmer, who was Baldacci's communications director and deputy chief of staff, said the former governor would be a strong candidate.
Farmer, who has no connection to Baldacci now, said the two talk regularly. Baldacci has told Farmer he would consider running if Democratic U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud have no interest.
"It would be a mistake for people to take his potential lightly," Farmer said.
Eliot Cutler, who finished a close second to LePage as an independent candidate in 2010, said he is giving the next race for governor "strong consideration."
If he does run again, it will be as an independent.
Cutler said, "I think that Governor Baldacci would be a formidable candidate and would present a clear choice for voters."
Baldacci said he doesn't have to be the Democratic candidate next year. He noted other leaders in the party, including Senate President Justin Alfond, House Speak Mark Eves, and Pingree and Michaud.
"I'm just a soldier in the army," he said.
Maine's Constitution bars the governor from serving three consecutive terms, but says nothing about a two-term governor running again after sitting out a term.
Staff Writers Dennis Hoey and Kelley Bouchard contributed to this report.
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