Politicians, Parades and Photo Ops
Now that the 126th Legislature is at ease, the focus turns for many in elected office to getting out into the public eye- have some fun, relax, chat with folks and enjoy summer- and how better to do that than at a parade? So here are a selection of photoquick s from recent events.
One note: It seems odd to me that for all of the events I have seen so far, not ONCE has there been any sort of presence from either Eliot Cutler or his team…
1. Maine Democrats at Portland Pride Parade (June 15).
No gubernatorial candidates; nice to see a large group of Dems, though!
2. Jay- Livermore Falls July 4 Parade (July 3).
A torrential thunderstorm, high winds and heavy rains didn’t stop this parade- or LePage target/ Senate Majority Leader/ 2nd Congressional District candidate Troy Jackson!
3. Winslow July 4 Parade.
Newly chosen Maine Republican Party Vice Chair Susan Morissette (L, blue shirt) waves to crowd; U.S. Senator Susan Collins chose to forego her Bangor-Brewer parade route (attended by Governor Paul LePage) as to march instead with the Kennebec GOP and Senate Asst Minority Leader Roger Katz (R- Augusta).
Senator Katz had at that time just penned his opinion piece regarding his embarrassment over Governor LePage published around the country, leading to speculation of a possible primary challenge between the two- and possibly support for Katz by Collins.
4. Lisbon Moxie Festival Parade (July 13).
Both Senator Snowe and Governor Paul LePage (dark blue shirt) chose to stay right in the center of the parade route and NOT go to the edges to shake hands or greet those along the parade route.
Unlike Congressman/ potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud, who cheerfully greeted folks all the way down the parade route on an extraordinarily hot and humid day:
Likewise for Troy Jackson:
(Note: Emily Cain had planned on attending “Moxie”, but was unable due to illness- in her stead was staffer Jackson Pineau and campaign manager Levi Knapp.)
5. Ft Fairfield Potato Blossom Festival Parade.
Governor Paul LePage (far left) and First Lady Ann LePage (far right) both attended the parade; unlike the Moxie one, the Governor cheerfully greeted kids along the route.
NOTE: It did seem very odd, in light of that morning’s BDN bizarre story “Emails: LePage wanted to hire Miss Maine for education position; Bowen called plan ‘nuts’”, to see the Governor so upbeat.
Senator Angus King was walking the parade route…
…As were a large group of enthusiastic Aroostook Dems and Maine Dems from all corners of the state, who had just prior to the parade seen enough state committee members in attendance to hold a quorum. At that meeting, gubernatorial candidates Mike Michaud and Steve Woods, as well as 2nd Congressional District hopefuls Emily Cain and Troy Jackson spoke to those assembled.
Democratic visitors from all over the state marching in the parade.
Senator Emily Cain and campaign manager Levi Knapp.
Kennebec Dems Rep. Lori Fowle (Vassalboro), MDP’s Jon Hiller and Jeremy Kennedy, and Portland Rep. Matt Moonen.
Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson… no, wait- this is a large group of his supporters!
Then this will be Troy… nope, more supporters and Senator Colleen Lachowicz (Waterville)!
“Hi, I’m Troy Jackson… how are you?” (cheerfully said a few thousand times by this point)
Mike Michaud greeting folks towards the end of the parade route- time to quit and call it a day now, right Mike?
THIS IS CLASS. And indicative of how folks connect with Mike…
More pictures of more events (fairs, parades, etc) to follow this summer, as time and opportunity allow!