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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

ME House: Legislator Leaves Dems

Posted by DavidNYC

So a state legislator in Maine has bolted the Democratic Party. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be news except for the fact that this now leaves the Maine House in a tie between Republicans and Democrats. (The upper house is held by the Dems, as is the statehouse.) Maine reps are up for re-election this fall. Mainers: Can this setback be reversed? Or is it a worrisome sign for the future? (This is the third Dem to become an independent in the past year.)

Posted at 05:22 PM in 2006 Elections - State, Maine | Technorati

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Another legislator, Twomey of Biddeford, who had dropped her affiliation with the dems, switched back late yesterday to stop the Republicans from getting control of committee chairs.

She was particularly concerned with the natural resources committee on which she serves.

The move by Merrill was blatantly political. She plans to run for governor as an independent and she used this manuever to get some press.

Posted by: Mike in Maine [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 5, 2006 04:08 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment