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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Barbara Merrill drops by Inside Zebster

Welcome, Barbara, to Inside Zebster! She took time from her busy schedule in the State Legislature and campaigning to respond to my earlier post about her Independent candidacy for Governor of Maine.

"I just wanted you to know I'm listening in and will check back once in a while so I can answer any questions which might arise.

If I could comment on a couple of points, I would like to say that I think looking closely at my experience as a lobbyist is very understandable. I was not a hired gun in the sense that I would represent anyone and am proud of the businesses and nonprofits which I served. But the question always follows, that now that I serve the public as a whole am I able to to seperate myself from this past work. I believe my record in the Maine House demonstrates that. I hope you all come to the same conclusion.

I don't know if you know this but Governor King once worked as a lobbyist before the Maine legislature. He lobbied for environmental groups. He also worked on the inside of government for a brief period as did I. His work was for the US Senate, mine for the Maine Senate. I think the fact the King saw the world as an outsider but had experience as an insider made him effective. I hope my similar experience will serve me as well.

Finally, mention is made of the fact that the state got into financial problems in King's second term and that things have improved under Gov. Baldacci. I agree with the former and strongly disagree with the latter. In King's defense, he was the first Governor elected after the Maine government shut down and as such was understandably worried about pushing back too hard on a legislature which wanted to spend more. Having observed this first hand, I have made clear that when I am elected, there will be no budgets passed by a simple majority and I will veto any budget which isn't fiscally responible.

It is very important to avoid any shut down of government services but it is even more important to fashion a government which we can afford which is managed soundly. "
8:41 AM, July 20, 2006

Thank you, Barbara. We look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

Barbara's website has been updated here, and I see she'll be in my area on Wednesday. Hopefully I'll be able to attend one of the stops on her coffee tour, and better yet maybe get a chance to ask her where she stands on independent issues like election reform. And she must be doing something right, as I see on the website that the Governor's staff felt it important to "take issue" with her current campaign ad.


Ingrid said...

Zeb, could not email your from hotmail, they're experiencing unusual high volume..hmm..
anyway, I will try later and I'll give you access to the indytexan blog so you can post your represent. gov't post there.. It's extremely hot here so I will try to get as much 'computer'/blog work done as I can and I'll check in with hotmail later..
thx for your help and hey, if you are able to have a little koffeetawk with bawrbra..take a picture for your blog! (and if you want to stay anonymous, just pull a Wilson - huh??lol)

Karen said...

Very cool! Congrats on the visitor

moderate said...

Marines are communists!

Zebster said...

I'm not sure I get it. Communists? And there's a Marine Corps symbol by your picture. I'm as open-minded as they get but I'm not getting the joke or the point.
And attached to this particular post at that.
semper Fi

Kevin said...

Wow... good luck, Barbara! Maybe we can bookcase the continent with Indie Governors on both coasts and work our way towards the center.

Useless Man said...

I stop by too, but I'm not running for anything. Well, sometimes I run for the ice cream truck, but I try to be on the porch before he goes by so I can just wave him down to stop for me.