King gets acquainted with new Senate colleague

8:35 PM, Nov 13, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Independent Sen.-elect Angus King is meeting with Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Washington to discuss committee assignments and how they'll work together to represent Maine in the Senate.

Collins and King are meeting Tuesday morning, with King attending orientation sessions later in the day.

King flew to Washington on Sunday and met with Maine's other senator, Republican Olympia Snowe, on Monday. King is replacing Snowe, who didn't run for re-election because of what she called gridlock and partisanship in Washington.

King has not revealed which party, if any, he'll caucus with in the Senate. Regardless, he says he'll vote his conscience and not along party lines.

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