Baldacci is latest Democrat to skip Maine race
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.
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