I was speaking with a friend recently about how running for Governor was much
more difficult than I envisioned it would be. He replied, "what, did you think
that you would just waltz back into Maine after all these years and be embraced
with open arms?"
Well, actually, yes.
Was it Thoreau who stated "most men lead lives of quiet desperation"? I wish
I could say that I spent every minute outside of Maine pining for the state and
planning my return. But that wouldn't be true (not that I sometimes didn't focus
on returning). Dollar signs floated in my head, and professional
I've always felt that Maine abandons its youth who move away. It never
occurred to me that perhaps Mainers remaining here (at least some of them) might
also feel abandoned.
They say that the best part of being with loved ones is that you really never
have to say you're sorry. Without being too sentimental, in some ways Maine
is like a big family (I see it that way) and when one of us is hurting we
I don't like politicians that overuse public appearances, including
ribbon-cuttings, to get their photo in the paper. Is the Governor the most
qualified person in the state to cut a ribbon? Does it take a special skill?
Does it foster long-standing confidence in other people? Does it solve
When my friend made his statement (about my expecting to be welcomed back) I
changed directions. What do you do when your best isn't good enough? What do you
do when your dreams don't come true?
All that you can do is say, I'm sorry.
Alex Hammer is a candidate for Governor residing in Bangor. The campaign's
website is www.hammer2006.politicalgateway.com