Low expectations

By AL DIAMON  |  July 1, 2009

And he's running for governor as an independent. Go figure.

A Google search of his writings indicates he knows a lot about Chinese politics, but when it comes to Maine, nothing shows up, perhaps because he isn't here much. He did tell the Portland Press Herald this about the state's economy: "We are eating our seed corn." The Green Party used a similar slogan in a US Senate race a few years ago. Nobody knew what it meant then, either.

If Cutler ever gets to Augusta, he's going to experience severe culture shock.

Rosa Scarcelli is the president of Stanford Management, which builds housing for poor people — sorry, the politically correct term is housing for affordable people — in Maine and other states. She comes from a political family in Franklin County, interned for Senator George Mitchell, raised money last year for Barack Obama, and seems to think that qualifies her to be governor.

Scarcelli doesn't appear to have granted many interviews or made many speeches, but she's hired public-relations guru Dennis Bailey to advise her (based on his astute guidance of such gubernatorial success stories as Daniel Wathen and David Flanagan).

Reaction to her possible bid for the Democratic nomination "has been very positive," said Bailey. "Everybody's ready for something different."

Everybody should keep in mind that different doesn't necessarily mean better.

You're different. Maybe you should run. If so, e-mail me at aldiamon@herniahill.net.

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