MAJOR DRAWBACK Edmonds has never met a tax increase she didn't like. Given the mood of the electorate, that position is less likely to win her the governorship and more likely to get her tarred and feathered.
LIBBY MITCHELL of Vassalboro is soon to be the new Senate president. If Mitchell's tenure as House speaker is any indication, things will be a lot more partisan and a lot less pleasant for the GOP under her rule. She has trouble holding her temper, but none holding a grudge.
MAJOR DRAWBACK Mitchell has twice run for major office — the US Senate in 1984 and Congress in 1990 — without ever connecting with any voter outside the hardcore Democratic base. That makes her the candidate the Republicans would most like to see nominated.
Well, except for TOM ALLEN. The soon-to-be-ex-1st District congressman got slaughtered in the 2008 US Senate race. That lingering odor of defeat indicates he's past his best-used-by date.
MAJOR DRAWBACK In a popularity contest in northern Maine, Allen couldn't beat Lyme disease.
MIKE MICHAUD just won his fourth term representing the 2nd District by numbers that make it look like he ran against ... well, Tom Allen. But in southern Maine, Michaud's image ranges from dormant to doofus.
MAJOR DRAWBACK Although he dodges questions about reproductive rights, he had a pro-life voting record in the Maine Legislature. In a Democratic primary, that makes him a post-natal abortion.
Next week, the Republicans and independents.
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