WINDHAM, MAINE – Senator Bill Diamond (D – Cumberland) is no fan of the current crop of candidates campaigning for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Diamond, who is currently serving his ninth term as a State Senator also served as Maine’s Secretary of State for eight years.
represents a Senate district that spans five towns and an island in Cumberland
County, a county which Hillary Clinton won in 2016 by a 58% to 33% margin over
says that Senator Diamond, instead of endorsing a candidate, sounded off on the
field as a whole, saying, “The far left philosophies of the various candidates
are essentially tone deaf to my constituents’ beliefs and priorities,” said
Sen. Bill Diamond, a moderate from Windham, “which, by the way, are not that
different from most of apolitical Americans.”
Daily News says several other Democrats were “pessimistic or cautious about
their party’s chances of beating Trump.”
The race for
the Democrat Presidential nomination has so far been a race to the left. The
various candidates have quickly supported such policies as the “Green New Deal”,
a plan to end private health insurance across the United States, provide free health
care to illegal immigrants and other proposals that go well beyond what any
Democratic nominee for President has ever supported.
say the quick rush to the extremes for the Democratic field is the result of the
growing influence of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad” of left-wing
Representatives in Congress.
A few of the
candidates for President on the Democratic side have even gone so far as to
call for ICE, the nation’s immigration and customs enforcement agency, to be
Biden, who many expected to run as a moderate alternative to the more liberal
field, confirmed during the first Presidential debate that he would provide
free health care to illegal immigrants.
combined that position with a promise to bring back the Obamacare penalty that
forces Mainers to pay a fine if they can’t afford health insurance and a
promise to undo tax cuts that have reduced the tax burden on hundreds of
thousands of working Mainers to craft his own very liberal platform for President.
will tell if Senator Bill Diamond’s apprehension of the Democratic Presidential
field is an omen for them in Maine in 2020.
Trump won Maine’s Second Congressional District handily in 2016 and only lost
the statewide vote by a narrow margin. That win landed him one coveted
electoral college vote under Maine’s split electoral college vote system.
If a significant number of Democrats across Maine’s First Congressional District share Senator Diamond’s sentiment about the Democratic field, President Trump could be set for a better election night in 2020. A broader victory in Maine for President Trump would mean three, or even four, electoral college votes and an expansion of his electoral college map.