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Angus King enjoyed widespread name recognition when he entered politics as a player, not commentator, in 1994. He had been host of the public television show "Maine Watch" for nearly 20 years before he launched his 1994 gubernatorial campaign with commercials showing him rolling up his sleeves to delve into state issues.
Comfortable in public speaking situations and savvy with the media, King won election to the Maine governorship _ his first elective race _ as an independent with 35 percent of the vote in a five-candidate race.
He milled about with lawmakers in hallways of the Statehouse and attended public sessions to deal with state fiscal problems, unusual practices for a sitting governor.
Angus King says it's good for his state and he couldn't ignore how well he's been treated by Democrats.
For now, at least, a small band of Democrats is going to try securing changes in procedure before backing him again.
Soft-spoken Republican Sen. Susan Collins is quite popular these days, fielding calls from President Barack Obama, members of the GOP leadership and top Democrats Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer.
The president was initially skeptical of his ability to take unilateral action.
Party-switching is a really fun D.C. parlor game with little basis in reality.
What happens if a half dozen Senate Dems side with the GOP against Obama?
Calling himself as "a realist," Independent senator throws support to candidate in the lead against incumbent Republican governor.
Keystone at 59, cloture vote today, Gray rejected plea deal, Jerry Brown plays legacy long ball, O'Malley's $600m shortfall, Lujan surprise pick to head DCCC.
Two senators propose a new bipartisanship approach: Eating together!
The comments were made during the panel sessions at the Annual Health Economics Conference last year.
PROJECT: Wilson Andrews, Jason Bartz, Ryan Kellett, Katie Parker, Leslie Passante and Serdar Tumgoren - The Washington Post. Published Oct. 8, 2012.
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