Well, not really. In truth, he just did a lot of whining in public. But the point is, he didn't ignore the threat. He acted, thereby showing he wasn't taking the election for granted. Also, showing he was a spoiled brat, who doesn't believe zoning rules apply to him.
To date, King has met the attacks on his character, competence, and caucusing choices by acting as if they aren't happening. When a bank on whose board he once sat got slammed by federal regulators, he paid no attention for several days to the online allegations raised by his critics. In response to requests for comment from the news media, he finally issued a statement saying that whatever violations occurred had already been fixed and anyway, he left the board a long time ago and wasn't responsible for anything that might still be wrong.
As for uncomfortable questions about federal loan guarantees for a wind farm project he owned until recently, King let the rumors reach gale force before rolling out his standard excuse: Any irregularities had already been corrected, and even if there are still problems, he's not responsible, because everything was fine when he left.
All of which suggests an excellent slogan designed to rebut all those attacks:
Angus — He Gets Out While The Getting Is Good.
To date, King's foes have succeeded in defining the race as being about his past political and business performances, as well as his ambivalence about which side he'll ally himself with in Washington. As issues go, these are pretty minor ones, but as long as King keeps acting as if they don't exist, they're sufficient to gnaw away at his double-digit lead in the polls by making him look sleazy.
Which is another way of saying more senatorial.
I'm getting out while the getting is good. Email complaints I plan to ignore to email@example.com.