Nov 17, 2010

Eliot Cutler: The Major Parties are Increasingly Irrelevant

In a post-election discussion with the Portland Press Herald, former Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has vowed to remain politically active and argues that the major parties are increasingly irrelevant.  From the Portland Press Herald:
A week after his close second-place finish in the gubernatorial race, Eliot Cutler was tight-lipped about his political future but did not rule out another run for elected office. "I don't know what I'm going to do," the independent candidate said. "I'm going to stay active politically." . . .

Cutler met with the editorial board of The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram last week for an election post-mortem. Among the things he would have changed if he could: persuade the media to pay less attention to the "horse race" and polling; end early absentee voting; persuade former Gov. Angus King to make his endorsement earlier.

Cutler said he believes the two major parties are becoming increasingly irrelevant . . .  "The parties are no longer mediating differences among people," he said. Cutler said the parties fail to serve most of their followers, but they benefit from election laws that give them an advantage over independent candidates such as himself.
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