Griebel and his campaign finance director Kate Careb, right, greet a voter while campaigning in New London, Conn.
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Kyle Bailey knows firsthand it can be lonely working on a campaign for an independent political candidate. There's no party structure to rely on to help with campaign fundraising, mobilizing voters, developing policies or even providing a sounding board. As the campaign manager for Maine independent gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes, he has joined forces with a loose network of campaign staffers for independent gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates, all considered politically moderate, in about five states this year.Regulars on the calls include staffers for Hayes, Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Oz Griebel, Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear, Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Neal Simon and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, who is seeking re-election.Kyle Lyddy, campaign manager for Griebel, sees that message resonating in 2018, given the rancor and hyperpartisanship of national politics that has seeped into state politics.Griebel and Frank decided not to participate in Connecticut's public campaign finance system and have struggled in recent months to raise contributions because it took longer than expected to get their petitions approved – another example of the challenges independents face.In fact, Griebel and Frank plan to hold a joint fundraiser in September with a New York campaign that participates in the weekly conference calls.
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