Obama's Maine campaign is holding an event in Portland tomorrow to announce the creation of "Maine Republicans for Obama," which will be co-chaired by former State Representative Sherry Huber and former state GOP chair Robert A.G. Monks.
Huber served in the Maine House from 1976-1982 and came in second in the Republican gubernatorial primary in 1982. She ran again as an independent in 1986 and received 15% of the vote. She has been a leading environmental advocate in Maine.
Monks is a huge figure in the history of the Maine Republican Party, and it was his money and organizational help that put Bill Cohen in Congress and helped build the political careers of Olympia Snowe and Jock McKernan.
Monks ran for Senate three times himself, losing to Margaret Chase Smith in the 1972 primary, to Ed Muskie in the 1976 general election, and to Susan Collins in the primary in 1996. He also chaired the Republican party from 1977-1978.
Monks is also a lawyer, author and a leading spokesperson for corporate governance and responsibility. He is the subject of the 1998 book A Traitor to His Class: Robert A.G. Monks and the Battle to Change Corporate America .
Monks held a fundraiser with Obama at his Cape Elizabeth home last September, and his son, Robert C.S. Monks, was Obama's Maine campaign manager during the primaries.
Monks is one of the featured Republican endorsers on Obama's website, where he is quoted as saying:
When I have asked Barack Obama a question, I have the distinct feeling that there is a person, an intellect, a sensitivity who is responding. This is rare in politics and unique in the presidential politics of 2008.
Monks is also a blogger, but hasn't posted much.