Independent Angus King Says He Will Stick With Democrats

“My independence has always been respected in the Democratic caucus,” the senator says.

U.S. Senator Angus King speaks during the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senator Angus King, the independent from Maine, said Wednesday that he will continue to caucus with the Democrats even though Republicans have won control of the Senate.

"My independence has always been respected in the Democratic caucus," said King, who spoke to reporters outside his home in Brunswick, Me. 

He added that his decision was made with what is “best for Maine” in mind. "It does not mean that I have become a Democrat, and in any way–official or unofficial–joined the Democratic Party. "

"What it does mean,” he went on, “is that I will have lunch with the Democrats on Tuesdays and participate in their internal consideration of questions on the Senate agenda. Sometimes, I will agree with their caucus position, sometimes not, just as has been the case over the past two years."

King, a former governor, was elected to the Senate in 2012.

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