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King rounds out his inner circle

2:10 PM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) - Independent Sen.-elect Angus King is tapping both parties to round out his inner circle, choosing a veteran from President Barack Obama's presidential campaign, a former communications chief for Democratic Gov. John Baldacci and a Republican campaign veteran to serve several key posts.

Toby McGrath, who worked on both of Obama's campaigns in Maine, will serve as deputy chief of staff; Crystal Canney, a former TV reporter and aide to Baldacci, will serve as communications director; and Edie Smith, a political consultant with GOP ties, will be state director.

King already disclosed his chief of staff, Kay Rand, who also served as his chief of staff during two terms as governor.

He said Friday that his first round of hires "represents a diverse group of people from across the political spectrum."

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