Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed Emily Cain, the Democratic candidate who is running for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. At a press conference announcing his endorsement, King denied that this a political move, saying that he really did think Cain was the right person to send to congress.
“There’s nothing complicated about this folks,” King told the group of about 50 students at the press conference, which was held at the University of Maine. “This is a good person who works hard and has a record of solving problems.”
Cain’s general character seems to appeal to politicians. Independent state Sen. Dick Woodbury, of Yarmouth, said she has a “personality that is so strongly positive and friendly and outgoing that you want to work with Emily and you want to accomplish things with Emily and that kind of personality is rare.”
This announcement rounds out King’s spectrum of endorsements. The first term senator has also declared his support for independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler and Republican Senator Susan Collins, who is running for reelection.
University of Maine political scientist Mark Brewer said both King and Cain will benefit from this announcement because it allows them to tout their bipartisan message.
But the Maine Republican Party Chairman Richard Bennett said the alliance is not surprising because King caucuses with the Democrats and support President Barack Obama.