A local station in Maine has a nice piece on one of the more viable independents running for statewide office this year, Eliot Culter of Maine. Culter is running for Governor, and has a political history that many independents will identify with.
Over the years, Cutler withdrew from Democratic politics after the party, in his view, became too cozy with unions and lost its reputation as a reform party.
He joined the GOP in support of Sen. Peter Mills’ first candidacy for governor, propelled by Democrats’ proposal to borrow $440 million to balance the state budget in 2006. Two years later, Cutler switched back to support Democrat Adam Cote, who lost a six-way primary in the 1st Congressional District.
Now Cutler is an independent.
Most of the most politically passionate independents I’ve known over the years started out with one party or the other. Many of them now say that the party left them and no longer are as welcoming of moderates within their ranks as they used to be, forcing them to decide to try the other major party on for size, or break free altogether.
Also, like other independent races across the country, Culter has a heck of a hill to climb. Independents don’t have that built in network of local groups that can be activated to help them campaign, no established network of donors and its generally harder to get those who have less of a history to vote, volunteer and donate (which is generally the case with independents) to get out.
This being the case, Culter has been shown to be gaining ground in the most recent poll, jumping from seven to fifteen percent of those polled, as of a few weeks ago.
I’ve been watching the news reports coming out of his campaign, and papers in the area covering his campaign, and both like what I see personally, and like what I see organizationally. He’s got a lot of ground to make up, but it appears he’s doing what it’ll take to get there.
For what its worth, he’s got my endorsement. Take a look at his website HERE… I just made a small donation myself. If you like what you see, I’d consider doing the same.