Saturday, April 19, 2014
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As for Republicans who could fill Michaud's seat, Weston mentioned Tardy and Rosen.
"I haven't heard his name as much, but I think Peter Mills would be an excellent candidate," Weston said. "He's brilliant and he's been undersold."
Mills, a former state lawmaker and 2010 gubernatorial candidate, said Thursday, "I'm not really interested, but don't fail to mention my name."
Mills also predicted competitive primaries in both parties.
Mason, who is serving his second term in the state Senate, confirmed by email Thursday that he is "seriously considering a run."
Raye, in a telephone interview, said he's "keeping his options open."
Tardy said he's interested but not ready to make any decisions.
Weston said he fully expects a tea party or libertarian candidate to jump into the race on the Republican side.
In light of what happened during last year's Maine Republican Party convention, when Ron Paul supporters were marginalized, Weston said, some have a sense that their voices are not being heard by the party establishment.
"Every name that is out there meets the standard of quality candidate," said Brewer, at UMaine. "But it will really come down to name recognition and ability to raise money, which can be difficult in primaries."
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