Flotsam and jetsam

By AL DIAMON  |  March 2, 2011

As for issues, he's against government spending of almost any sort. "I am extremely reluctant to fund things with federal dollars," he told me in a phone interview. During his legislative race, he said he wanted to deregulate the insurance industry and was opposed to government-run health-care programs. Watch out, Medicare.

All that sounds eerily Scontras-like, but Calder does display some differences. Unlike his predecessor, he's pro-choice on abortion and has a position on same-sex marriage that's "evolved" since last fall, when he said he opposed the idea. He now favors civil unions and promises to vote against a constitutional amendment to limit marriage to one man and one woman.

"I have bigger issues to deal with than who's sleeping with who," he said.

According to the League of Young Voters, Calder believes that before government gives welfare checks to immigrants and refugees, it should help "Mainers that have been here for generations." He told the Portland Press Herald he wanted to save tax money by "eliminating waste, inefficiency, and by a strict outside audit of the state's finances."

As for Pingree, "She's been a very poor representative," he said. "She hasn't represented the interests of honest, hard-working Mainers."

She has, however, brushed aside opponents with relative ease thanks to her hefty campaign war chest. Calder admitted he couldn't match her fundraising, but insisted he still had a solid chance of beating her.

"History is full of cases of somebody winning elections when people had very little faith," he said.

And Republicans have nothing but faith to lose.

Young Turks and old farts can both e-mail me at aldiamon@herniahill.net.

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