First thing that came to my mind last night as I watched the election returns: Mitt Romney and Shannon O'Brien. Republican and Democratic Massachusetts gubernatorial opponents in 2002 -- him the businessman outsider, her the state-government veteran. Or, as the Associated Press said today about Maine's upcoming governor's race between Paul LePage and Libby Mitchell: "a general election pitting a limited-government conservative against a liberal Statehouse insider."
Someone's already playing the woman card in the Maine gubernatorial race, but it's not either of the female candidates running for governor (Rosa Scarcelli and Libby Mitchell). Nay, it's former state attorney general Steve Rowe.
A group of women led by former state senate prez Beth Edmonds met yesterday at Amore Styles (because women like getting their hair done!) to kick off the "Women Roweing" campaign, voicing their support for Rowe's candidacy.
It will be no surprise that the Democrats and Republicans in the Maine Legislature can agree on one thing, and one thing only - that any problems they are facing can be fixed in Washington, if only DC politicians would get over their partisan bickering. At least that's the thrust of an e-mail press release from "Divided We Fail," an AARP-backed effort to push Congress to deal with health care and the economy.