Alfond calls Gov. LePage 'morally repugnant', Press Herald cites Republican Presidential candidates' 'intolerance' & 'bigotry' as elected officials seek to protect citizens
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party today is calling attention to statements made by Senate Democrat Leader Justin Alfond and the Portland Press Herald Editorial Board regarding the efforts by Governor LePage to protect Maine citizens, and the positions of Republican Presidential candidates that the safety of the American people come first.
In a press release responding to Governor LePage's opposition to unvetted Syrian refugees being placed in Maine, Senator Justin Alfond called Governor LePage's position 'morally repugnant'.
The Portland Press Herald attacked Governor LePage for inciting panic and fear, and claimed that Republican Presidential candidates were trying to “outdo each other with intolerance, and showing an un-American comfort with religious bigotry.”
Furthermore, The Portland Press Herald, in a bizarre twist of logic, cited the fact that there were “only eight” terrorists in the Paris attacks that killed 129 and wounded at least 350 more.
The Press Herald Editorial Board goes on to call attempts to screen refugees “impractical” in an attempt to justify allowing unvetted refugees to settle in Maine cities and towns.
“In a pattern that has become far too familiar, Democrats and liberals in the press have taking to name-calling and slander when confronted with policy differences from Republicans,” said Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett. “When Gov. LePage and GOP presidential candidates rightly point out the failures of our national immigration policy, they are labeled ‘bigots’ and ‘intolerant’. Sen. Justin Alfond calls the Governor's concern for the safety of Mainers ‘morally repugnant.’ Soon, no doubt we will hear the charge of ‘racism’ thrown into the mix. Democrat leaders and the liberal media are the first to call out Republicans using disparaging terms, but they think they themselves should be held to a different standard and allowed to impugn the ethics and character of their opponents with abandon.”
“The purpose of such heated, overblown rhetoric is of course to shout down a substantive and helpful public debate and to obscure with epithets the dismal, misguided and ultimately dangerous foreign policy leadership of President Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton,” said Mr. Bennett.
“There was a time in Maine when reasonable political leaders and journalists understood that a real threat must be met by a united front,” Mr. Bennett said. “Our nation faces an enemy that would slaughter our people in the streets. Now is the time for Democrats and Republicans who care about the safety of the Maine people to come together to oppose this risky refugee plan and demand thorough screening. We can find a solution that works. But we should say enough is enough to Senator Alfond and the Press Herald for disparagement and name-calling and their double-standards on political discourse.”
SPEAKER MARK EVES USED INFLUENCE AS PUBLIC OFFICIAL IN SUPPORT OF PORTLAND MAYOR WITHHOLDING MANDATORY CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING
News reports show Eves used his position to push Education Committee & Government Oversight Committee to investigate Baxter Academy
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party today, in light of OPEGA hearings, is calling attention to inconsistency in Speaker Mark Eves' track record in regard to charter school funding for Maine's public charter schools.
In 2013, Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, an ally of Speaker Eves in opposing the existence of charter schools in Maine, attempted to withhold mandatory funding to Baxter Academy in Portland, citing management concerns.
At the time, Speaker Mark Eves and Senate President Justin Alfond sent a letter to the Co-Chairs of the Maine Legislature's Education Committee, requesting an investigation:
“As presiding officers of the Maine Legislature, we have the responsibility to ensure that the Maine State Charter Commission is conducting its business appropriately,” Alfond and Eves wrote. “We want to ensure that this school is managing its operations and spending Maine taxpayer dollars appropriately.” http://www.centralmaine.com/2013/03/28/lepage-rips-portland-mayor-for-charter-review/
The Education Committee Chairs then forwarded the request to the Government Oversight Committee, saying it was better equipped to conduct the investigation.
In light of the controversy surrounding Eves' hiring at Goodwill-Hinckley and the resulting political fallout, the Maine GOP believes it is appropriate to point out that Speaker Eves' did not always see the withholding of funds to charter schools (in the case of the Baxter v. Brennan controversy, the funding was mandatory, not discretionary, in nature), as 'blackmail'.
In fact, when facing concerns about the management of a charter school in 2013, Speaker Eves found it entirely appropriate to “ensure that this school is managing its operations and spending Maine taxpayer dollars appropriately.”
2013: Speaker Eves did not speak out against the withholding of MANDATORY funding by Mayor Michael Brennan to a public charter school due to concerns about management.
2015: Speaker Eves spoke out aggressively against the withholding of DISCRETIONARY funding by Governor LePage to a public charter school due to concerns about management.
Senator's history fighting for gun rights, US Constitution, stand out as
key issues to Maine Republican voters
AUGUSTA – The Maine GOP today announced that United States Senator Ted Cruz has qualified for the Maine Republican Party Presidential Nominating Caucus Ballot.
“Senator Cruz's career fighting to defend the United States Constitution and the Second Amendment rights of the American people are issues we expect Maine Republicans will embrace. Senator Cruz has stood strong on his principles throughout his career, and we enthusiastically welcome him to Maine's nominating contest,” said Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett, welcoming Senator Cruz to the race.
“I am excited to know that we’ve qualified for the ballot in Maine. We are running a nationwide grassroots campaign focusing on earning the support of every vote and every delegate, and taking nothing for granted. As a result, we are seeing an outpouring of help from courageous conservatives and expect that we will be very competitive come March 5th,” said U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.
The Maine GOP Presidential Nominating Caucus will be held Saturday, March 5th, from 9 AM until 7 PM at sites across the state of Maine. Candidates will compete for a direct allocation of delegate votes to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Republican candidate for President of the United States will be officially nominated.
Maine GOP Sweeps Special Legislative Elections
Augusta – Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett released the following statement after Republicans were declared the winners of both Maine House Special Elections.
“Maine Republicans know we need welfare reform, economic growth, and fiscal responsibility in Maine. Our candidates went out and worked hard to carry this message and the voters rewarded our ideas and strategies to move Maine forward.”
"These results show what we at the Maine GOP already knew – our message, our principles, and our candidates can win anywhere. A strong ground game and smart approach from the Maine GOP put these superb candidates in a position to win, and they delivered victory tonight. Going forward, Democrats should know that their liberal agenda will be challenged at every turn, and defeated.
"Congratulations to Republican Lester Ordway, who won the House District 23 Special Election in Standish tonight. This district has been held by Democrats for many years, and now will be represented by a conservative, principled Republican legislator. An experience educator, Lester will immediately get to work supporting welfare reform, lowering taxes and creating good jobs and bigger paychecks for Maine people.
"Congratulations to Matt Harrington, who won the House District 19 Special Election in Sanford. This is a district with a strong Democrat voter registration advantage, but Matt's hard work and principled positions won the day. A police officer, Matt knows firsthand the scourge of illicit drugs and the horrors drug abuse brings our families and communities.
"I could not be more proud, and excited, for these candidates and our effective team of professionals and volunteer activists working to make the Maine GOP an effective force for bringing overdue reforms to our government. Maine is undergoing a true shift to common-sense conservative ideals – these two fine gentlemen are proof.”