Now that former Gov. Angus King is expected to enter the U.S. Senate race there has been some discussion about whether he’d consider enrolling as a Democrat.
It seems far-fetched that he’d do so before the June party primary; doing so shortens the window King has to gather signatures to get on the ballot (March 15 if he enrolls; June 1 if he runs independent). That’s a tall order for candidates who have a campaign apparatus already in place. King has been out of office since 2003.
However, if King were to win the election, picking a party to caucus with may help him secure committee assignments in the Senate. The latter is important, particularly to major constituencies such as Bath Iron Works.
That’s all a long way off. For now King remains unenrolled, according to the Brunswick Town Clerk’s Office.
And for what it’s worth, King has supported Democrats before, including U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, who endorsed in 2010 (You can hear the radio spot here). According to donor filings with the Federal Election Commission, King has also given money to President Obama, both in 2008 and last year when he contributed $1,000 to the Obama for America fund.