Statement from Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett on federal court dismissal of Speaker Eves’ political lawsuit
Augusta – Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett released the following statement in response to the dismissal of the appeal of Speaker Mark Eves’ political lawsuit against Governor Paul LePage.
“From the beginning, we have stood with Governor LePage as he courageously said ‘enough is enough’ to insider cronyism among liberals in Augusta. Yesterday, a court has once again ruled in favor of Governor LePage’s actions and against Speaker Eves’ politically motivated lawsuit.
“Maine people should never have to accept unqualified applicants procuring well-paid, taxpayer-funded jobs through inside political connections as Speaker Eves had done. Governor LePage, knowing he was risking great personal pain, and expense, shined a bright light on this practice, and won this battle for Maine people.
“Maine is a better place for Governor LePage’s courage in standing up for what is right, and for that we are grateful.”
Speaker Mark Eves filed suit against Governor Paul LePage after Governor LePage expressed his desire to exercise the discretion granted him by the Maine Legislature in distribution of funding to Good-Will Hinckley due to the hiring of Speaker Eves despite a lack of qualifications.
Speaker Eves’ contended that Governor LePage should not be allowed to use the discretion explicitly granted the Governor in the use of the funding. Speaker Eves also made repeated, false accusations of “blackmail” through his attorney, although no act he accused Governor LePage could possibly fit that description.
Before a Legislative oversight committee, Speaker Eves and one of his Legislative staff admitted to internal coordination and communication that led Speaker Eves to be offered the job, which proved Governor LePage’s contentions about the cronyism at play to be absolutely correct. By this time, however, the Maine media had moved on to cover new claims by Speaker Eves’ lawyer that were also false.
Speaker Eves was eventually given a five-figure payment from Good-Will Hinckley at the expense of Maine taxpayers when it became clear he was not going to be awarded the job.
Compounding the situation Speaker Eves had created was the fact that until he interviewed for the job at Good-Will Hinckley, Speaker Eves had been an arch-nemesis of charter schools, building a long track record of doing the bidding of the MEA in trying to kill charter schools at every opportunity. Only when a well-paid opportunity came Speaker Eves’ way could he find a reason to support the existence of charter schools in Maine.
Some also pointed out that the job description for the job Speaker Eves was hired for indicated he would have to violate recently enacted state ethics laws passed with bipartisan support, by functioning as a lobbyist paid to solicit funds from taxpayers while also occupying a seat in the Maine Legislature.
Ultimately, the job descriptions published for the position Speaker Eves sought demonstrated two things: 1) That he did not meet the qualifications for the position. 2) That the primary purpose of him being hired was to ensure continued funding for the school, which would have been in direct conflict with Maine Ethics Laws.
Maine Republican Party Chairman Richard Bennett made the following statement regarding Election Day in Maine:
“Going into this election we felt confident that all of our work and planning would lead us to victory. The outcome has been overwhelming, and our success is not only unprecedented, but historic. I am proud to be part of history today. Our victories will change our political landscape for years to come.
“I offer my heartfelt thanks to all of our Republican candidates, up and down the ticket, regardless of whether they prevailed, for stepping forward and offering public service in a very challenging time. It takes commitment, courage, stamina and public spirit to stand up for what you believe in and to run the gauntlet of campaigning for office.
“We congratulate President-Elect Trump on his stunning victory, and as he takes up the daunting responsibilities of office, we offer our prayers to him and his family.
“We look forward to Congressman Poliquin representing Maine’s Second Congressional District for another term. We know that he will continue to work hard for Maine people in Washington D.C.
“We are delighted that Maine voters have reelected the Republican majority to the Maine Senate and added to our numbers in the Maine House of Representatives.
“This is the first election since 1988 where Maine voters delivered an Electoral Vote to a Republican Presidential candidate.
“This is the first election since 1992 where Maine voters returned a Republican member to the U.S. House of Representatives.
“This is the first election since 1982 where Maine voters have reelected a Republican majority to a legislative chamber. Not only will Republican leadership in the Maine Senate continue, but we have added Republican members to the Maine House in each of 2014, 2015, and 2016.
“As I have said often, privilege of governing we have earned from Maine voters is a sacred trust and a high responsibility. With our quality candidates and our reform agenda to bring greater prosperity and hope to Maine people, Republicans will continue to work hard to merit the faith placed in us.”
RISE IN CHATTER ON MAINE’S LACK OF VOTER ID TO VOTE PROMPTS MAINE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO URGE ALL REPUBLICAN VOTERS TO COME OUT TO VOTE IN ORDER TO SECURE THEIR BALLOT FROM MISUSE
Make sure YOU cast YOUR BALLOT Say Maine Republican Official
AUGUSTA – Maine Republican Party officials today have issued an alert to Republicans across the state amid a rapid increase in chatter related to potential election fraud.
Chatter relates to Maine’s lack of voter identification laws and the ability of any person to impersonate a voter who has yet to cast their ballot.
“Without a proper voter ID law in Maine we are concerned people may attempt to impersonate other voters in order to gain access to, and cast, a fraudulent ballot. We encourage all Maine Republican voters to show up at the polls and vote so that they can be sure no one attempts to use their identity to cast a ballot,” said Maine Republican Party Executive Director Jason Savage.
“The only way to fully guard against this activity is to encourage all Republicans to cast ballots in-person as early in the day as possible on Tuesday to ensure their names are marked on voter lists early as having already voted,” said Joe Turcotte, the Political Director of the Maine GOP.
“Voting as early as possible on Tuesday will help stop bad actors,” added Savage.
Any voter who is told that a ballot has already been cast in their name is asked to notify Maine GOP via the following channels:
(207) 242-4677 Phone
(207) 242-4677 Text Message
Please contact one of these four Maine GOP Election Lawyers should you experience any trouble at your polling location. They will connect you to the closet lawyer in your region.
Southern & Western Maine
Northern & Eastern Maine
Maine GOP Chairman Richard Bennett issued the following statement on the fliers found at Bates college:
Sadly, the Maine media and some Maine Democrats continue to make the Bates flier story a partisan story and use it to attack Republicans. As such, this is the final Maine GOP statement on the Bates flier situation.
“The Maine GOP had nothing to do with this flier. We denounce the idea of anyone spreading false information to suppress students from voting.
As Republicans, we believe everyone should obey the law and be treated equally under the law. We understand that there is confusion related to students voting. We encourage them to vote in accordance with Maine law.
Further, we welcome young people to become residents of our state. Our prosperity depends on it.
In the future, we propose both parties conduct joint voter education efforts on campuses across Maine to prevent such confusion. Trying to educate college students through tweets and dueling press releases will only create more confusion.
Maine GOP teams on campuses are working to ensure students get out to vote. This confusion hurts our efforts as well.
Maine’s college students deserve better.”
The official Maine Secretary of State guidance on college students voting and residency can be found here: http://maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/resident.html