|Jen Fish, of the Portland Press Herald newspaper, reports that a forum for candidates for Governor may have helped some voters, opposed to a casino in Maine, decide who they will not vote for, if not for whom they will. |
“Before this forum, I really didn't know who I was going to vote for,” said Bernie Gaines of Saco. 'I had three potentials; now I've got two.” Mr. Gaines didn’t say so, but the candidate he may have left out was Independent, David Flannagan, who stood out amongst the other four candidates for not being emphatic enough in opposition to the casino. Jen Fish said that Flannagan “said he is skeptical about having a Foxwoods-style casino in Maine, but is keeping an open mind.”
Another candidate going under the banner of Independent, John Jenkins, the former Mayor of Lewiston, got enthusiastic applause from the crowd when he denounced the idea of funding education through a casino as “unseemly.” “We'd be funding our children's future on someone's losses of today,” Jenkins said.
Education, along with Maine’s economy, were the top issues at the forum, along with the short discussion on the idea of a casino. Republicans Peter Cianchette and James Libby, opponents in the June 11th primary election for their party’s choice, were also there, along with Jonathan Carter of the Green Independent Party. The Biddeford - Saco Chamber of Commerce and Industry sponsored the forum.