Bal­dacci is lat­est Demo­crat to skip Maine race

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

PORT­LAND, MAINE | For­mer Gov. John Bal­dacci on Wed­nes­day be­came the third prom­i­nent Demo­crat to bow out of the high-pro­file race for a U.S. Se­nate seat that Democrats were given a shot at win­ning af­ter Re­pub­li­can Olympia J. Snowe de­cided to re­tire.

Mr. Bal­dacci joined Demo­cratic Reps. Chel­lie Pin­gree and Michael H. Michaud in for­go­ing a race that be­came more complicated with the en­try of in­de­pen­dent for­mer Gov. An­gus King, widely rec­og­nized as the front-run­ner in a three-way race.

Mr. Bal­dacci said his decision was about fam­ily, say­ing he didn’t want to re­lo­cate be­cause his wife has a job in Ban­gor and his son is a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Maine. He also said he wouldn’t want to travel back and forth be­tween Washington and Maine as he did dur­ing eight years in the U.S. House.

“That’s re­ally what it came down to. You can take the boy out of Maine, but you can’t take Maine out of the boy. It may be a short­com­ing on my part, but it’s one that I’ve em­braced,” the Ban­gor na­tive told the As­so­ci­ated Press. re­peat­edly con­firmed, comes up reg­u­larly in Ari­zona. In the past, po­lit­i­cal par­ties drafted their own cer­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments that Ari­zona of­fi­cials say didn’t con­sis­tently ad­dress the is­sue of qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“There has been a lot of me­dia at­ten­tion de­voted to this, so we wanted to make sure there is a stan­dard­ized form,” said Matthew Roberts, a spokesman for Ari­zona Sec­re­tary of State Ken Ben­nett.

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