January 28th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
11 years ago

L.L. Bean heiress backs Paul

Freeport, Maine (CNN) - Linda Bean, an heiress to famed Maine outfitter L.L. Bean, came out in support of Ron Paul on Saturday as the candidate made a campaign swing through the state.

Bean, who is a part owner of her family's company and sits on its board, said she is a longtime supporter of the Texas congressman. She backed his 2008 presidential bid, but hasn't made a public endorsement in the current race until now.

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"I've been for Ron Paul for years," Bean said. "I watched his House races in Texas, and he's just true blue. He doesn't waver from the Constitution and I like that very much."

Bean made her endorsement at the lobster restaurant she owns in Freeport, situated across the road from L.L. Bean’s large flagship store. She singled out Paul's appeal across the political spectrum as a reason for her support.

"He's very electable, he crosses all ideological lines because of his strong message," Bean said. "He's for the gold standard. I think people want stability in this country. He's for helping America domestically, and staying out of aggressive wars. We're just spending ourselves down the drain in these countries year after year with occupation."

When asked why she wasn't supporting fellow New Englander Mitt Romney, Bean said, "I've always been for Ron Paul."

Bean ran for Congress herself in 1988 but lost the Republican primary. She ran again in 1992, winning the nomination but going on to lose the general election to Democrat Thomas Andrews.

Paul is campaigning in Maine while his rival GOP presidential candidates focus on Florida ahead of its presidential primary Tuesday. Maine holds presidential caucuses, which the state GOP recommends take place between February 4 and February 11. Some towns and municipalities, however, are holding their caucuses as early as this weekend.

Maine’s presidential preference vote, which will determine the allocation of the state’s 24 delegates, will be announced February 11.

Rather than hitting all of the early voting states, Paul’s campaign is focusing on states that hold presidential caucuses, including Maine, Nevada and Minnesota. This Tuesday, when Florida holds its primary, Paul will be in Colorado. That state holds caucuses February 7.

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Filed under: 2012 • Maine • Ron Paul
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. John

    Former GE CEO's 4 kids endorse Ron Paul , while the parents endorse Romney.

    January 28, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Barb

    How fabulous that a company owner that is not part of corporate elite and knows what it is like to do business in America and employee Americans would endorse Ron Paul as the person who can bring this country back to prosperity . Kudos Ms. Bean.

    January 28, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. Jessica Leland

    I'm glad that Ms. Bean expressed her opinion even if it might not be popular with some people. For every customer she loses because she endorsed Ron Paul, she will gain twenty supporters because of it. Ask Kelly Clarkson how her endorsement of Ron Paul worked out... her album sales on Amazon shot from #17 to #1 in two days. Go Linda!

    January 28, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |

    It matters because it shows more and more people from all walks of life support Ron Paul.
    (Not just college kids and "paulbots".)

    January 28, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. Lacey O'Rourke

    Well, her company will be seeing more money from me tonight. I just ordered two backpacks and two lunchboxes and 2 jackets for my nephews! Ron Paul supporters know how to treat the endorsers right. Look what happened to Kelly Clarkson.

    January 28, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. Mark

    Matters nothing to me; so what, he got an endorsement, they all have endorsements.

    January 28, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  7. Tina Jamieson

    Linda Bean is a smart woman.....RON PAUL 2012

    January 28, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  8. aaron

    She's not "just the daughter of a guy", she's a local politician that won the Republican primary in 1992 for congress... as the article says.

    People in Maine who supported her probably respect her opinion.

    Anyone with half a brain and an ounce of moral fiber would vote for Paul.

    January 28, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  9. Johnny

    Wow, this endorsement has clearly made up my mind who to vote for in the GOP race. Now make me a flannel shirt Ms. Bean.

    January 28, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  10. Jeffry

    Hey thanks from a Ron Paul fan. I appreciate the endorsement for an honest politician.

    January 29, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  11. Jason

    I now feel inclined to purcahse some L. L. Bean clothing this year.
    Ron Paul = Freedom

    January 29, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  12. vanny

    t is very good that this lady has expressed her support for Ron Paul. In her position she can do a lot of good to the Ron Paul campaign. The endorsement of this lady only shows that Paul's message is popular among all social status!

    January 29, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    Another peon [sp] making an irrelevant endorsement!!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 29, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  14. Jason Turner

    Iowa was stolen from Ron Paul. His entrance polls showed he won. The final count showed Paul was the only one to lose percentage from his entrance poll compared to the actual vote. Ron Paul winning the first event would have been a total nightmare for the media. It would not have fit into their storyline up until that point. STOLEN VOTES PEOPLE. Maybe a couple more endorsements will help for a comeback.

    January 29, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  15. DKS

    She's a Republican activist in Maine, guys. Relax. Lol.

    January 29, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  16. Kyana Lily

    Why? Because every vote counts! That's why! 🙂 Woohoo, Ron Paul! We're with you!

    January 29, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  17. Nate C

    The real question, why does YOUR opinion matter one bit? You have one vote. This lady controls numerous votes through her popularity and likeability. Maybe one day when you have actually accomplished something with your life (you know, like open your own popular lobster restaurarant) people will care about what YOU have to say on any given subject.

    January 29, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  18. Aaron

    It doesn't matter to you, but to people in Maine it probably matters. Support for a campaign never hurts, only helps, and Paul is able to use this to support himself.

    January 29, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  19. Angela

    Meh ~She's obviously highly intelligent. One must be to arrive at this conclusion. Kudos to her for seeking -and finding the truth. Welcome aboard Linda.

    January 29, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  20. Connie M

    She had some intelligent and thought-provoking things to say, and she clearly cares about politics and staying true to America's values. She probably left politics after being discouraged by the rampant corruption, and admires Ron Paul for his courage in battling it so nearly single-handedly (of course, Rand Paul helps, too!). She is brave for coming out in support of Ron Paul in lieu of the mainstream media's consistant and relentless smear campaign and effort to discredit Dr. Paul's good name. Good for her. God bless her, and God bless America!

    January 29, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  21. Tom

    Ron Paul is my homeboy.

    January 29, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  22. Fred C

    I read that the reason it is important is because she is a leader of the tea Party in Main so her endorsement will carry weight with them.

    January 29, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  23. Mainsteam Clown

    Ron Paul > CNN, Fox News, abc, MSNBC, Goldman Sachs, GE, Obama, Romney, Newt

    January 29, 2012 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  24. James

    LOL sick of republican phonies? Paul is the real deal pal. Do your reason before you spout off looking like a moej. You're posting on this board, does your opinion matter even an "infinitesimal bit?"

    January 29, 2012 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  25. Vinny

    I could care less who it is, but it is another vote for my candidate. Ron Paul 2012.

    January 29, 2012 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
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