This just in: Shenna Bellows is challenging Susan Collins for the U.S. Senate Seat. This may be stale news to you but as Ms. Bellows has held multiple roll-outs of her campaign–starting with Twitter and through a series of press conferences– so it might be news to her. But does Ms. Bellows really have a chance this time around against Sen. Collins? Despite the political neophyte’s many great talents and potential I don’t think Sen. Collins is too worried about having to order new stationery.
Ms. Bellows candidacy has all the making of a warm-up.
Which brings us to Congressman/Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud’s big announcement. Ten or even five years ago this news would be greeted as a game-changer; but today I’d wager that by far the most common reaction is “Oh, that’s interesting. But I don’t think it will change anything.” Michaud’s political supporters especially are probably among the most non-plussed, as the calculus of whether it will help or hurt his bid just seems to have too may variables.
To illustrate the point I have a major announcement to make: “I am straight.” (You see, who cares?)
Nevertheless the one person who I would bet is sharpening her pencils and brushing off the dust on her old calculus textbook is the dynamic Hancock native, Ms. Bellows. While her current U.S. Senate bid would seem a too distant reach at this point; the Northern District seat could be well within it (Michaud was mill worker without a college degree when he defeated a Republican incumbent for the seat). Bellow’s track record and “experience” in this campaign should serve as ample qualification for a room in the House.
Ms. Bellows holds a big stake in the Michaud campaign, so much so that she might hedge a bit on her own.