Rogues gallery

By AL DIAMON  |  March 7, 2013

Maine's Constitution requires that all elections include at least one person with that surname. Peter, the head of the Maine Turnpike Authority, is a Republican, so he's of no use this time around. But Karen (no relation), who recently announced her resignation as head of the federal Small Business Administration, is available. She says stuff like "next-generation technologies" and "cutting-edge technologies" a lot, so you know she's not some stuffy old bureaucrat. Also, Janet, Peter's sister and the current attorney general, wants to run. Her language is somewhat earthier than Karen's, and in a steel-cage death match (a far better way to choose nominees than boring primaries), my money's on her. There's also somebody claiming to be "Cynthia Mill," but that's just Dill on defrost.

TOM SAVIELLO

The GOP state senator from Wilton used to be a Democrat, so there's no good reason why he couldn't be one again. Saviello, known for his maverick ways, is high on LePage's list of politicians he can't stand. That could be because he's one of the shrinking minority of men who can carry off wearing a bowtie, something LePage does about as well as crafting a budget the Legislature would approve without radical changes. Even though Saviello isn't particularly influential, he gets his face in the news more than most other legislators, including members of leadership. And he possesses the uncanny ability to make you think he agrees with you — even when he doesn't. Sort of a Libby Mitchell in reverse.

KARMO SANDERS

You know her as Birdie Googins, the Marden's Lady. How cool would it be to watch LePage, the former CEO of the discount chain, debating his ex-company's spokeswoman?

Well, not very, actually.

Got your own ideas? Go nuts by emailing them to me at aldiamon@herniahill.net.

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