October 31, 2012

Angus King, independent: Flurry of dates with media, students, wife

Aided by interns and staff, King also attends a forum for candidates and reflects on his reasons for running.

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@pressherald.com
Staff Writer


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Angus King hugs his wife, Mary Herman, after a candidate forum Oct. 23 at the Waterville Opera House. Mary Herman, who runs a consulting business, joins her husband for campaigning some days and also does solo appearances.

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Angus King talks on the phone with his daughter, Molly, after returning home from campaigning last week. Molly, a freshman in college in New York, asked about what King thought of a candidate forum earlier that day and for pictures of the family pets.

Photos by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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BRUNSWICK – It was the start of a long day of campaigning, and U.S. Senate candidate Angus King was nearly ready to go around 7 a.m. as he walked downstairs in his socks.

The 68-year-old former governor had showered, dressed and made the bed. His wife, Mary Herman, had already left their house for a dental appointment, to be followed by a few hours of work on her consulting business and then some solo campaigning.

King geared up for the day, reviewing a briefing on news and issues sent to his smartphone while he drank a glass of instant breakfast. No morning cup of coffee for him -- caffeine, King said, makes him too jittery.

In the living room of the 156-year-old house, interns busied themselves after a night spent sacked out on couches or in spare rooms.

On any given night, five or six of the volunteers -- called "Kingterns" by the campaign -- camp out in King's home, and on this morning they answered emails or put on running shoes for a morning jog.

King asked an aide to look up a figure for possible use in a candidates forum scheduled for that night -- one of about 20 forums the six Senate candidates will have participated in by Election Day.

"At this point, we could probably all do each other's speeches," King said.

He went out to the car, hooked up his laptop and downloaded his email as an intern drove.

"Oh, only 253 messages," he said, chuckling. "That's a good day."

The first trip of the day was to Portland, for an interview with WCSH-TV. King said he's been putting in long days since summer to win the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe.

He said the time commitment probably would have kept him from running if his daughter, Molly, was still at home. She went off for her freshman year at college a couple of months ago and, King said, supports his decision to run -- for personal reasons.

"She was asked about it and said, 'Dad needs a project, and I don't want it to be me,'" King said.

He arrived back home around 11 a.m., with a reporter and cameraman from WMTW-TV in the driveway, along with a film crew from an independent producer of a documentary on how non-incumbents run for office at a time when campaigns cost millions of dollars.

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