Gonna change directions

By AL DIAMON  |  April 15, 2010

He was no longer thumping Bibles, but he did manage to get the idea across. He started his speeches by noting he still went to the church “where my parents got married.” Every now and then, while talking about changing environmental laws to allow increased harvesting of Maine’s forests, he’d slip in something about being God’s stewards of the land. “It’s that tradition we’ve got to preserve,” he told an interviewer at As Maine Goes. On a Portland radio show, he subtly mentioned, “I think I’m more socially conservative than most of the candidates.”
Message received.

“Some LePage heavies are already jumping ship,” claimed one Tea Party activist in a recent e-mail, “and if the money numbers I’ve heard floating around are confirmed April 27th [the next reporting deadline for campaign finances], there is going to be a sea change in conservative base opinion as to who to support.”

Abbott and Poliquin are probably the frontrunners in the crowded Republican field, with the former touting his extensive experience in government and the latter promoting his complete lack thereof. Beardsley is offering himself as the best of both, a combination that makes him appear well qualified to be governor. He’s worked in state jobs, both low and high, in Vermont, Alaska, and Maine, but also has extensive private-sector experience in banking, utilities, and education. He takes full credit for turning bankrupt Husson College into dynamic Husson University over the last two decades, and few would argue with his claim.

He’s also got a friend in . . . you know, the guy in the back room he doesn’t talk about.

You can pray to God, but to reach me, e-mail makes more sense. It’saldiamon@herniahill.net.

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