Let's Elect our Constitutional Officers
by rggedat, Sat Dec 09, 2006 at 11:41:27 AM EST
Why don't Mainers get the chance to elect our attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer? Today's Portland Press Herald (http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/viewpoints/editorials/061208const.html) has an editorial on that question. The article expresses confidence in the abilities and proven track records of of our Attorney General, State Treasurer and Secretary of State and I can second that.
I wish all those positions were elected by the voters. Many states also elect a Lieutenant Governor too! This is an opportunity for new leaders to emerge, like Eric Menhert did in the recent US Senate primary, that our party is missing.
I certainly mean no disrespect to the talented leaders in our constitutional offices now.
Speculation on who will run for Gov in four years, throw their hat in the ring for the battle to unseat Susan Collins and run for Tom Allen's seat may involve some of these folks (and many others too!).
For the record, former House Speaker and current Attorney General Steve Rowe is a favorite for Governor and I believe State Treasurer David Lamoine is a man who belongs on the leadership scene for many years into the future. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is a fine person indeed who is doing great things.
Let's give the people a chance to elect these important public positions. Does anyone know why Mainers are not afforded the opportunity?
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