Back from the brink

By AL DIAMON  |  November 14, 2012

After all, Dill has senatorial campaign experience — of a sort.

Next up is Janet Mills, who used to be attorney general before getting dumped in 2010 when Republicans took over the Legislature. Mills wants her old post back to use as a platform to run for governor. Those who recall her anemic third-place finish in the 1994 2nd Congressional District primary (which has been conveniently expunged from her biography) will not be enthralled.

Justin Alfond, likely to be the new president of the Maine Senate, also wants the job. Alfond is more liberal than Pingree, comes from Portland's effete East End and earned his fortune the old-fashioned way — by inheriting it. He's a partner in a hipster bowling alley, which he thinks gives him that common touch.

Finally, there's Bill Diamond, term-limited out as a state senator from Windham. He, too, has a 1994 congressional loss on his resume (or he would if it hadn't inexplicably disappeared). He's also a former secretary of state, a job to which he's better suited (hey, even Charlie Summers managed to do it).

If Pingree runs for governor, the Dems don't have to worry about her congressional seat. Her daughter, Hannah, former speaker of the Maine House, is prepped to step into Mom's shoes. I mean, there'd have to be an election, but it'd be a formality.

And just like that, the Democrats would be cured of candidate suffering from Mitchellosis and Dillititis.

Now, it's on to 2016. Tips on candidates can be emailed to

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