Three-time loser

By AL DIAMON  |  April 4, 2013

To date, Joshua Tardy, a lobbyist and former state House Republican floor leader, and nearly every Democrat not taking prescription medications for ego-deflation have begun making plans to fill the void that'll be created by Michaud's likely move. Spirited primaries can be expected on both sides, and there's always the possibility of a Green or an independent joining the muddle. No one with more common sense than a pine cone would consider getting involved in that mess.

Enter Poliquin, stage right.

In the past few days, the already undistinguished ex-candidate has been telling potential supporters he's likely to make a run for the congressional seat representing northern, western, and eastern Maine.

There's only one problem — aside from Poliquin not being a very appealing candidate.

He doesn't live in the 2nd District.

Poliquin resides in Georgetown, which is in the 1st District, and where he got in a little trouble last year when it was discovered he was getting an improper property-tax break on most of the land on his oceanfront peninsula.

In his biographical material, Poliquin mentions being born in Waterville, which used to be in the 2nd District, but has a tendency to go back and forth depending on political whimsy. But regardless of which district his birthplace is located in at the moment, Poliquin has lived down south for years and will have to re-establish his roots with xenophobic northerners.

To that end, he'll no doubt be looking for some nice seaside land in Lewiston that's eligible for the Tree Growth tax break. After that, it's on with the campaign, although this time, if he puts in his usual anemic performance at the polls, he'll still come away with a prize.

He'll be the answer to a trivia question. ^

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