Irresponsible Emily: How Emily Cain's Past Rhetoric About Iran Deal Proves Her Position Was Irresponsible
Cain attacked those attempting to oppose Iran deal as 'irresponsible', but the truly irresponsible position is how Iran deal allows United States taxpayer funds to be funneled to terrorist organizations
AUGUSTA – On September 22, 2015, politician Emily Cain, who is seeking the Democrat nomination for Maine's Second Congressional District in 2016, attacked opponents of the Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal, saying “to make the Iran deal political is irresponsible” when responding to questions about whether she supported the deal.
Ms. Cain then went on to say she would likely have followed Rep. Chellie Pingree and Sen. Angus King in supporting President Obama on the Iran deal.
Recent admissions by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, however, prove that the 'irresponsible' position on the Iran deal was not held by those who opposed it, as Ms. Cain so boldly claimed, but by those who supported it.
Secretary of State Kerry is now on the record admitting that some of the $150 Billion being provided to Iran is likely to go to funding terrorist organizations, and that the United States can do nothing to stop it.
Speaking in Davos, CNN Reports:
“When asked about whether some the $150 billion in sanctions relief to Iran would go to terrorist groups, Kerry reiterated that, after settling debts, Iran would receive closer to $55 billion. He conceded some of that could go to groups considered terrorists, saying there was nothing the U.S. could do to prevent that.
"I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists," he said in the interview in Davos, referring to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. "You know, to some degree, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented."
Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett commented on Emily Cain's position. “The people of Maine know that if you provide billions of dollars to state sponsors of terrorism, those funds will flow to terrorist organizations. Secretary of State Kerry has now admitted as much. Opposing the Iran deal was the right thing to do, and Emily Cain has clearly demonstrated she lacks the judgment to represent Maine in Congress with her irresponsible, politically motivated position.”
"Lois Snowe-Mello was a close, personal friend and a true servant of the people of Maine. Lois was always the first to bring a discussion back to what was right for the people of Maine, and always willing to put service ahead of self. We all loved her for her happy demeanor and fighting spirit. She will be missed by the entire Republican family here in Maine. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family in this difficult time," Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett
Yesterday, the Maine Legislature passed emergency legislation to combat the escalating drug crisis in Maine. Governor LePage immediately signed the bill into law.
The $3.7 million spending package puts 10 new Maine drug enforcement agents on the street and dedicates resources to people struggling with addictions and to assist drug prevention efforts.
Thanks to Republican leadership, we are starting to tackle the drug epidemic here in Maine.
Please read the statements below from Governor LePage, Senate President Thibodeau, and House Leader Fredette and share them with your friends and family.
Governor signs anti-drug bill LD 1537 into law
Senate President Thibodeau: Emergency Drug Legislation Signed Into Law
House Republican Leaders Applaud Passage of Drug Treatment Bill
Hon. Rick Bennett
Our Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, has just had an important Op-Ed published in the Bangor Daily News.
It covers very important issues surrounding terrorism, national security, and your Second Amendment rights.
I encourage you to read it here, and to share it with friends and family via email and social media.
While I will let the Congressman's column speak for itself on these issues, I will add one key thought: This weekend, I heard Congressman Poliquin speak to our Maine GOP State Committee, and the depth of understanding, commitment, and energy he has to fix our problems as a nation is truly inspiring.
I hope you will take the time to read and share this piece.
All the best,
AFTER YEARS OF LAUNCHING VICIOUS ATTACKS, DEMOCRATS MAKE SANCTIMONIOUS SHIFT TOTRY AND CLAIM MANTLE OF CIVILITY
Shady move comes as House Dem Leadership Loses Control of
Caucus, fringe wing of Democratic caucus controls conversation
and forces doomed impeachment order
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party today is calling attention to the sanctimonious, self-righteous shift of Maine Democratic Legislative Leadership after it has become clear that the fringe wing of their caucus is in control of their message in Augusta.
“How strange, to see the Democratic caucus, which has been launching vicious political attacks for years, suddenly decide it is time to symbolically vote for civility,” said Maine GOP Executive Director Jason Savage.
In recent years, Democrats have been known for launching dishonest attacks on various Republican legislators.
Previous election cycles have seen candidates confined to wheelchairs attacked for not 'standing up' and having 'no spine', lawmakers being accused of wanting to poison babies, and even falsely accusing Republicans for wanting the deaths of hundreds of Maine people.
“Democrats have no standing to put forward such a resolution,” said Mr. Savage. “While our side may not always be politically correct, Democrats wrote the playbook on dirty politics here in Maine. Now that leadership has lost control of the message, however, they find themselves trying to pivot and remake themselves. But we have long memories – we can't forget. We can go all the way back to false, vicious claims against our own party Chairman in the 1990's.”
Democrats also need to be aware that their own transgressions, from the recent resignation of Eves' ally Bill Brown from the MEANS board at Goodwill-Hinckley, to many others will not be excused from accountability in upcoming elections.
“Speaker Eves' all too cozy deal at Goodwill-Hinckley is beginning to be exposed, but it will never be forgotten,” said Mr. Savage. “And hundreds of thousands of dollars in vicious, false propaganda launched by these Democrats in recent elections against Republicans gives the lie to their recent gambit to call for civility.”
“The truth is, just like Democrat claims to oppose big money in politics, which we recently saw exposed as a charade, Democrats shift from one position to another depending on how it can helps them,” said Mr. Savage. “This kind of shifty, shady politics is the real problem here in Maine. Not that an elected official simply says what is on his mind.”
The civility resolution came as Democrats were preparing to push an impeachment order which had divided the Democratic caucus, with leadership reportedly losing a grip on the extreme wing of their caucus' sensibilities.
In the end, despite the opposition of Democratic leadership, the extreme fringe of the Democratic House caucus managed 52 votes against the Governor.
In simple terms, more than 2/3 of the Democratic House caucus wanted to impeach Governor LePage's agenda of tax and welfare reform, lower energy costs, better education for Maine students, and smart financial management.
For Immediate Release: January 7, 2016
Contact: Jason Savage, email@example.com
WAKE OF 2015 REFERENDUM
MCPIR EXPOSES MAINE DEMOCRAT PARTY FUNNELING
DONATIONS FROM WEALTHY CLINTON DONORS TO NATIONAL GROUP DESPITE CLAIMS BY DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP
TO OPPOSE SUCH BEHAVIOR
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party today is highlighting the hypocrisy of Maine Democratic Party leaders in light of a Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting report showing how the Maine Democratic Party has funneled nearly $100,000 from wealthy out-of-state Hillary Clinton donors to their national umbrella organization to bypass donation limits.
“Just weeks ago, leading Maine Democrats were telling anyone that would listen how wealthy individuals are corrupting our political process and taking away the voice of everyday Maine voters,” said Maine GOP Chairman Richard Bennett. “They put Maine taxpayers on the hook for millions in additional state spending to supposedly fight this sort of activity. But just this morning we learned how they have been funneling donations from wealthy Hillary Clinton donors back to the DNC to circumvent campaign contribution limits.”
“The fact that the Maine Democratic Party is, at the same time, pretending to oppose big money in politics while laundering tens of thousands of dollars from foreign agents and Chicago billionaires is stunning. There is no greater hypocrisy to be found in Maine politics,” said Mr. Bennett.
“AUGUSTA, Maine — A Cuban-born sugar tycoon. A California-based registered foreign agent for the government of Sri Lanka. A Chicago billionaire.
All of them are recent large donors to the Maine Democratic Party via a complex fundraising s cheme called the Hillary Victory Fund. The fund exploits recent court decisions and weakened campaign finance laws to maximize political contributions and funnel them to the Democratic National Committee.
Among contributors to the Maine Democratic Party via the Hillary Victory Fund is Chicago billionaire and Hyatt Hotel heir J.B. Pritzker, who gave $10,000 in September. His wife, Mary Kathryn, also gave $10,000.”
The MCPIR report comes amid a competitive primary contest between Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.
In contrast to the Maine Democratic Party working to funnel Clinton donor money back to the DNC, the Maine Republican Party pointed out that they are not putting their thumb on the scale of the competitive Republican nominating contest.
“Last year, Bernie Sanders rallied thousands of Maine Democrats with his sincere calls to get money out of politics,” said Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP.
“But it looks like Maine Democratic Party leadership just abandoned any pretense that their nomination process will be fair,” continued Mr. Savage. “The question now is not if Maine Democratic Party HQ has followed the DNC's lead in anointing Hillary Clinton their nominee before a vote is cast, but when did the Maine Democratic Party HQ become a Clinton campaign office, and how much money were they promised to make it happen?”
The full Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting article can be found here: http://pinetreewatchdog.org/maine-democrats-play-middleman-between-wealthy-clinton-donors-and-national-party/
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party today is celebrating this week’s start of the second half of Maine's Legislative session by unwrapping the recycled rhetoric Maine Democrats presented yesterday like a late-arriving Christmas gift to the Maine press and voters of Maine.
“State Senate Democrats presented us with a wonderful gift yesterday,” said Maine GOP Chairman Richard Bennett. “Senate Democrats are once again presenting Republicans the opportunity to continue advancing our substantive reform agenda by offering nothing but the same tired talking points for us to run against.”
The Senate Democrat campaign kick-off, which was designed to give the appearance of a strong effort to reclaim the Maine Senate for Democrats, featured four Male and zero Female candidates, all of whom are running in strong Republican districts.
Making the hype around the kick-off even more confounding was the fact that three of the four candidates speaking are either Augusta insiders, or previous candidates.
Further, statements by the candidates showed just how weak the Democrat communications strategy is:
Rep. Jeff McCabe claimed the Senate District he is running in is a 'swing district' – but it isn't. Governor LePage won this Senate District by 26 points and Senator Collins won this Senate District by 51 points.
Rock Alley, the only press conference attendee who is new to a state election, offered nothing but the same trite talking points attacking the 'top 1%' and the 'rich and powerful' from a written speech.
Jonathan Fulford, who is running for the Waldo County Senate seat he was defeated for in 2014, repeated the 'work hard and play by the rules' mantra used by liberal elites since the 1990s to convince people that tax-hiking, pro-welfare state Democrats are looking out for working people.
In fact, in any of the districts represented by the four men at the Democrat press conference yesterday, one would be hard pressed to find a solid pick-up opportunity, as all four were carried by Governor LePage and Senator Susan Collins.
“There is no better way we would like to see Democrats try to reclaim the State Senate than with such an out-of-step liberal message in Republican districts,” said Mr. Bennett.
“Despite their losses at the ballot box in 2014 after 40 years of leadership failure, they still are trotting out the same high-tax, big-government, pro-welfare-state liberalism that takes the money of hard-working Maine people and gives it to their special interest cronies and able-bodied adults who choose not to work,” concluded Mr. Bennett.
Augusta - Today, Democrats continued to show they are not aligned with the people of Maine as they showcased four candidates for the Maine Senate.
In response to the event, Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) said, "It's disappointing that Democrats have decided to inject political campaigning into the State House atmosphere before we begin our work in the Legislature. There will be plenty of time for campaigning after we complete our important work and adjourn this spring."
Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin) added, “Today’s event made clear that Democrats have nothing new to offer the Maine people. Their failed candidates and policies from the past are returning for 2016, and it is astonishing they think that the sequel will fare better than the original. Mainers want welfare reform - Democrats blocked it last session. Mainers want us to continue working for tax relief - Democrats keep voting to expand government and increase regulations. Senate Republicans will continue working for positive, constructive policies throughout 2016 and we look forward to comparing our records with those of Democrat candidates.”