Commitment 2020 candidate profile: Independent Senate candidate Max Linn

For independent candidate Max Linn, Maine’s closely-watched U.S. Senate race is the place he’s making his pitch that Maine voters should send him down to shake up Washington — and use ranked-choice voting to do it.”This is a broken system we have in Washington, and no one is in there breaking it up,” Linn told WMTW News 8 during an interview for his candidate profile. “I’m trying my best — and I’m a long shot — but Maine viewers need to realize I’m the change vote they’ve been asking for in America.”Attention-grabbing debate momentsThroughout the campaign, Linn, who’s polling at two percent in the most recent survey in the race, has taken an unconventional approach to get voters’ attention. In one debate, he shouted down a moderator who asked him a question by responding, “Request denied!” In another, he cut up several face masks while standing at his podium, which was to visually show his objection to governmental coronavirus mask mandates, he told us.”In the debates, I’m reaching out to show viewers that I’m just not going to read through the answers,” Linn said to explain the antics.Questions about coronavirus responseIn terms of the issues, the former financial planner from Bar Harbor said federal and state governments need to immediately cut back on the coronavirus restrictions in place to allow businesses a chance to thrive.”There’s no question that the government’s actions are 100 times worse than the virus,” Linn said.Countries that adopted laissez-faire virus approaches, like Sweden, often saw higher per-capita death rates than their demographically-similar neighbors that did lockdown.In particular, Linn said mask mandates need to go. But, he made clear to WMTW, he is not completely anti-mask. He said he would — and does — wear one whenever asked by people in their homes or businesses.”Nowhere in our Constitution and Bill of Rights does it say the government, when there’s a virus, the government all of a sudden has the power to shut businesses down and tell people what they have to wear,” Linn said.Unconventional campaign platformLinn’s campaign platform is somewhat unconventional as well, pulling from both conservative and liberal agendas: He touts a plan to get every Maine family $5,000 in pandemic relief, he wants to see massive student loan forgiveness, he wants the federal government to block the Central Maine Power corridor from being built, and he wants to have a five-year moratorium on all immigration.When pressed about the immigration ban, he said it would even include things like foreign college students being able to study in the U.S. and seasonal workers, including those who play a role in Aroostook County’s agriculture sector.’More powerful than Florida, Texas and California combined'”With my victory the political class loses, Maine wins,” Linn said, in explaining how he believes he’d have the power to enact some of his ideas. “Maine becomes arguably the most powerful state in the country, more powerful than Florida, Texas and California combined.”His theory of the case is that — regardless of who wins power in November — as an independent, both Democrats and Republicans would have to court him for his vote.His election, he said, would also start that D.C. shakeup he believes is needed.”I’m campaigning against big money, dark money from Washington,” Linn said. “So I’m truly the David and they’re the Goliath.”

For independent candidate Max Linn, Maine’s closely-watched U.S. Senate race is the place he’s making his pitch that Maine voters should send him down to shake up Washington — and use ranked-choice voting to do it.

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“This is a broken system we have in Washington, and no one is in there breaking it up,” Linn told WMTW News 8 during an interview for his candidate profile. “I’m trying my best — and I’m a long shot — but Maine viewers need to realize I’m the change vote they’ve been asking for in America.”

Attention-grabbing debate moments

Throughout the campaign, Linn, who’s polling at two percent in the most recent survey in the race, has taken an unconventional approach to get voters’ attention.

In one debate, he shouted down a moderator who asked him a question by responding, “Request denied!”

In another, he cut up several face masks while standing at his podium, which was to visually show his objection to governmental coronavirus mask mandates, he told us.

“In the debates, I’m reaching out to show viewers that I’m just not going to read through the answers,” Linn said to explain the antics.

Questions about coronavirus response

In terms of the issues, the former financial planner from Bar Harbor said federal and state governments need to immediately cut back on the coronavirus restrictions in place to allow businesses a chance to thrive.

“There’s no question that the government’s actions are 100 times worse than the virus,” Linn said.

Countries that adopted laissez-faire virus approaches, like Sweden, often saw higher per-capita death rates than their demographically-similar neighbors that did lockdown.

In particular, Linn said mask mandates need to go.

But, he made clear to WMTW, he is not completely anti-mask. He said he would — and does — wear one whenever asked by people in their homes or businesses.

“Nowhere in our Constitution and Bill of Rights does it say the government, when there’s a virus, the government all of a sudden has the power to shut businesses down and tell people what they have to wear,” Linn said.

Unconventional campaign platform

Linn’s campaign platform is somewhat unconventional as well, pulling from both conservative and liberal agendas: He touts a plan to get every Maine family $5,000 in pandemic relief, he wants to see massive student loan forgiveness, he wants the federal government to block the Central Maine Power corridor from being built, and he wants to have a five-year moratorium on all immigration.

When pressed about the immigration ban, he said it would even include things like foreign college students being able to study in the U.S. and seasonal workers, including those who play a role in Aroostook County’s agriculture sector.

‘More powerful than Florida, Texas and California combined’

“With my victory the political class loses, Maine wins,” Linn said, in explaining how he believes he’d have the power to enact some of his ideas. “Maine becomes arguably the most powerful state in the country, more powerful than Florida, Texas and California combined.”

His theory of the case is that — regardless of who wins power in November — as an independent, both Democrats and Republicans would have to court him for his vote.

His election, he said, would also start that D.C. shakeup he believes is needed.

“I’m campaigning against big money, dark money from Washington,” Linn said. “So I’m truly the David and they’re the Goliath.”