As a lifetime, card-carrying member of the Democratic Party – from holding an Adlai Stevenson campaign sign to working with Minnesotans Humphrey, Mondale, McCarthy and Freeman, to running for the Massachusetts House of Representatives – I moved to Cape Elizabeth last year and planned to enroll as an independent. I was determined not to support the Democratic National Committee after its interference in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
I was, therefore, delighted to learn that two groups, The Centrist Project and Maine Independents, have entered Maine to ostensibly recruit Mainers to run as independents for state offices in the November elections. Unfortunately, these groups appear to be front organizations for select candidates running for office. The Centrist Project has already endorsed Terry Hayes for governor without interviewing or offering a speaking platform to two equally qualified declared candidates, Alan Caron and John Jenkins. And, by coincidence, the manager of the Hayes campaign works for Maine Independents.
Just like the DNC, some candidates are more equal than others. No thank you.