Eliot Cutler

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Eliot Cutler
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Personal details
Born (1946-07-29) July 29, 1946 (age 71)
Bangor, Maine, U.S.
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Melanie Stewart
Children Abigail
Zachary
Alma mater Harvard University
Georgetown University

Eliot Cutler (born July 29, 1946) is an American lawyer who was an Independent candidate in Maine's 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial races.[1][2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

Eliot was born and raised in Bangor, Maine, the eldest son of Lawrence and Catherine Cutler. His father was a physician and his mother was an economist.[4]

Eliot received his primary education at Deerfield Academy.[5] He then proceeded to graduate from Harvard College and later earned a degree from Georgetown Law.

Cutler began his career as a legislative assistant to Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine, helping craft the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.

He served as associate director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science in the Office of Management and Budget in the Carter administration, and was the principal White House official for energy.

He was a founding partner of Cutler & Stanfield LLP, which became the second largest environmental law firm in the country, eventually merging that practice with international firm Akin Gump in 2000.[6]

In 1990, Cutler purchased property on Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth. In an interview with Portland Magazine, Cutler recounted the purchase, "It took two years to find this property. Once we saw it and bought it, we wanted to build a house that sat well on land and was not overly imposing, from the road or the water. We needed lots of room for us and our family, a growing family along the course of time, where we could gather family and friends to enjoy the Maine Coast with us."[7] Cutler resided in Cape Elizabeth with his wife, Melanie Stewart Cutler during his gubernatorial campaigns. They have two adult children.[8] In 2006, Cutler moved to Beijing, where he acquired a collection of Chinese vernacular furniture and antiques. When he moved back to his home in Cape Elizabeth, he integrated the Far East influence with the Maine mystique of the residence.[9] In May 2017, Cutler put his 15,455 square feet (1,435.8 m2) oceanfront home in Cape Elizabeth for sale for $11 million, citing his intention to move to a condominium in nearby Portland.[10]

2010 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

On December 9, 2009, Cutler officially launched his campaign for governor of Maine. Had he been elected, he would have been Maine’s third Independent governor. He was endorsed by Maine's second Independent governor, Angus King.[11]

In a close election night race, Cutler took an early lead.[12] As the results came in from Maine's smaller and more rural communities, Cutler's lead shrank, and eventually opponent Paul LePage took the lead. Based on early, unofficial results, the Bangor Daily News projected that LePage would win, and Cutler conceded on the morning after the election.[13]

2014 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

On June 6, 2013, Cutler announced on radio station WGAN's morning show that he would again run for governor, with a formal announcement coming after Labor Day. He dismissed the suggestion that his candidacy would result in another LePage victory, stating that he wouldn't run if he didn't think he could win.[14] While he was again endorsed by Angus King on August 18, 2014 [15] King withdrew his endorsement on October 29, 2014 in favor of the Democratic Party candidate, Mike Michaud.[16]

Cutler finished a distant third, with LePage winning reelection. Though many Democrats believe that Cutler was a two-time spoiler, it is a label he and his supporters reject.[17]

Other political involvement[edit]

He served on the Board of Directors of Americans Elect, a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation which sought to gain ballot access for a presidential ticket, to be chosen through an online national primary, in every state in the 2012 Presidential Election.[18]

Cutler endorsed Angus King in the U.S. Senate election to succeed the retiring Olympia Snowe.[19] King won the election.

Cutler announced on April 2, 2015 that he would not run for Governor again, stating that he was taking a "vow of abstinence" from doing so. [20] He also announced his appointment by the University of Maine System to lead the creation of a new graduate center unifying existing graduate programs at the University of Southern Maine, University of Maine, and the University of Maine School of Law. [21]

In May 2017, Cutler announced that he would work with the political organization Maine Independents to recruit candidates for the 2018 elections. The organization was founded by supporters of Cutler's gubernatorial campaigns. He also announced his support for State Treasurer Terry Hayes for Governor in the following year's gubernatorial election.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wickenheiser, Matt (2009-06-25). "Governor's race draws a crowd of candidates". Portland Press Herald. MaineToday Media. Retrieved 2009-11-12. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Ex-White House official joins governor's race". Mainebiz. 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  3. ^ Gagnon, Matthew (2009-09-05). "Eliot Cutler – Game Changer". Pine Tree Politics. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  4. ^ Russell, Eric. "The Early Years: Eliot Cutler". Portland Press Herald. Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Sargent, Colin. "Hidden Shore". Portland Magazine. Portland Monthly. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Eliot R. Cutler, Partner". Akin Gump. Archived from the original on 2009-06-14. 
  7. ^ Sargent, Colin. "Hidden Shores". Portland Magazine. Portland Monthly. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "About Eliot". Archived from the original on April 25, 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Sargent, Colin. "Hidden Shores". Portland Magazine. Portland Monthly. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "Eliot Cutler's oceanfront home is on the market for $11 million". Portland Press Herald. May 14, 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  11. ^ http://www.cutler2010.com/2010/10/endorsement-angus-king-endorses-eliot
  12. ^ John Richardson Cutler takes early lead in governor's race Maine Today November 2, 2010
  13. ^ Miller, Kevin; Wickenheiser, Matt (3 November 2010). "BDN projects LePage to win governor's race". Bangor Daily News. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  14. ^ "Eliot Cutler tells Portland radio show hosts that he’s running for governor in 2014". Bangor Daily News. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Angus King endorses Eliot Cutler at Portland press conference". Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Angus King switches endorsement from Cutler to Michaud" The Portland Press Herald October 28, 2014
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  18. ^ Ballot-access.org. "Ballot Access News  » Blog Archive  » Christine Todd Whitman Encourages Jon Huntsman to Seek Americans Elect Nomination". Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  19. ^ Cousins, Christopher (2012-03-05). "Angus King enters race for U.S. Senate". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  20. ^ Whit Richardson (April 2, 2015). "Would Eliot Cutler run for governor again? ‘No, I’ve taken a vow’". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  21. ^ Noel, Gallagher (2015-04-02). "Eliot Cutler begins work to unify business, law schools in UMaine System". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  22. ^ Shepherd, Michael (May 2, 2017). "Eliot Cutler is recruiting independents to run for the Maine Legislature". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 

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