For Immediate Release: October 27, 2017
Contact: Garrett Murch, email@example.com
AUGUSTA – Today, Maine GOP Executive Director Jason Savage released the following statement on President Trump's action to take on Maine's and the nation's opioid epidemic:
"I am heartened by President Trump's commitment to combating this crisis destroying the lives of thousands in Maine and millions nationwide. Drug overdoses now cause more deaths than shootings or car accidents.
My family has experienced the loss and pain of this epidemic, as have thousands of other Maine people. This epidemic reaches into the heart of every Maine community and touches every Maine person in one way or another. There is no broader reaching, more personal or painful problem facing Maine right now.
Sadly, many of the attempts to reverse this epidemic have been inadequate, and today our country is flooded with cheap, deadly drugs like heroin and fentanyl pouring across our southern border, while Americans continue to become addicted to prescription painkillers.
President's Trump's action will expand access to substance abuse services, increase treatment for those addicted to opioids, and reduce the supply of these killer drugs in America. In Maine, where this crisis has hit particularly hard, we are deeply grateful and stand by to help the President in this necessary fight for the heart and soul of Maine.
We owe it to our neighbors who are currently struggling with addiction, their families, and generations to come to fight this battle to win, and leave nobody behind."
For Immediate Release: October 17, 2017
Contact: Garrett Murch, firstname.lastname@example.org
MAINE GOP CALLS OUT FALSE CLAIM FROM PRO-WELFARE EXPANSION GROUP
AUGUSTA – Today, Maine Republican Party Chair Demi Kouzounas responded to a false claim by Mainers for Health Care that expanding Medicaid would save Maine taxpayers money by reducing emergency room visits. A top study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows the emergency room savings claim is just plain not true.
"This claim flies in the face of research showing Medicaid expansion does not cut down on costly emergency room visits paid for by hardworking Mainers. No question about it, we have to debate expanding taxpayer-funded healthcare (including for able-bodied adults without children under Question 2). Still, everyone should be honest.
The forces trying to expand welfare in Maine are saying we would save money where the evidence clearly shows we would not. I encourage everyone to look at the research and ask, if Mainers for Health Care is not being straight with you on this, what else might they be misleading you about?"
In 2016, The New England Journal of Medicine published a study examining the effect of Oregon's Medicaid expansion on emergency room use. As National Public Radio reported at the time, "The study of Medicaid patients in Oregon who got Medicaid in 2008 found their ER use stayed high two years after they gained the health insurance coverage — even as they also increased their visits to doctors' offices."
MAINE GOP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STATEMENT ON KING AND PINGREE HIDING THEIR OBSTRUCTIONISM WITH A NATIONAL DEMOCRAT TALKING POINT
AUGUSTA – Today, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, Jason Savage, released the following statement on Senator Angus King's and Representative Chellie Pingree's taking orders from national Democrats to attack Republicans and distract from their obstructionism on healthcare:
"Mainers are independent and they expect their representatives in Congress to be, too. Unfortunately, on healthcare, instead of offering constructive solutions to the crisis caused by Obamacare, Senator King and Representative Pingreeare hiding their obstructionism by using national Democrat talking points dictated by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, falsely claiming Republicans are seeking to 'sabotage' healthcare.
But if Schumer, Pelosi, King, and Pingree want to talk about sabotage, let's talk about sabotage. Obamacare sabotaged Americans' right to keep their doctors. Obamacare sabotaged Americans' right to keep their health insurance plans. Obamacare sabotaged Americans' 1st Amendment right to freedom of conscience. Obamacare sabotaged Americans' wallets with skyrocketing premiums and deductibles. And now politicians like Schumer, Pelosi, King, and Pingree are sabotaging bipartisanship, obstructing any and all efforts to replace or even improve this fatally flawed law.
This law is not being sabotaged; it is failing and crumbling under its own weight. Doing nothing is not an option, and funneling even more money to giant, profitable, corporate insurance companies is not only wrong, but unaffordable.
Mainers expect and deserve better. We call on King and Pingree to exercise the independence Maine is known for and is proud of by rejecting national Democrat talking points that distract from the harm that is being inflicted on Americans by Obamacare, and to work with Republicans offering constructive solutions."
AUGUSTA – Today, the Maine Republican Party announced the hiring of a new Political/Communications Director, Garrett Murch. "We are thrilled to have someone of Garrett's experience join the Maine GOP,” said Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP. “As we look forward to the 2018 election, Garrett brings a wealth of talent and a deep respect and understanding of the Maine First principles that will continue to move Maine's economy forward and help Maine people thrive.”
Murch, a native of Windsor, Maine and a 1997 graduate of Cony High School, recently returned to live in his home state after more than a decade gaining extensive political and communications experience in Washington, D.C. Having begun his career working for then-Senator Olympia J. Snowe, he went on to spend the next five years working at the Heritage Foundation and the conservative website, Townhall.com. In 2010, Murch returned to Maine and helped then-gubernatorial candidate and current Congressman Bruce Poliquin before managing the final months of the campaign of Jason Levesque for Maine’s Second Congressional District seat. In 2011, Murch began more than five years working as Communications Advisor to then-Senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions before being hired as Senior Editor of conservative talk radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham’s website, LifeZette. Upon returning home to Maine earlier this year, Murch began serving in Governor LePage’s Office of Policy and Management as a senior advisor.
“I am so blessed to have been able to return to my beautiful home state I love,” Murch said. "Throughout my time in Washington, I was always homesick but at the same time saddened watching the harm that decades of Maine Democrats’ rule had inflicted—the stifling economic climate created that has separated countless Maine families by forcing children to leave their parents and their state to find good work. I am thrilled and deeply honored to help build on the great work of Governor Paul LePage and Republicans in the legislature as we continue to change our great state’s course."
EXPOSED: DOCUMENTS SHOW LUCAS ST. CLAIR STILL REGISTERED IN PORTLAND, CAME BACK TO MAINE BY WAY OF SEATTLE, WA JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS AGO
- Documents show that during most insensitive, out-of-touch campaign launch in Maine history, St. Clair still registered to vote outside district he claims he wants to represent
- Previously, St. Clair was registered in Seattle, WA
- Voter data suggests St. Clair may have never even voted in Maine's Second Congressional District
- Maine GOP was at Portland City Clerk's Office Last Friday To Confirm
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party today is releasing documents showing that Lucas St. Clair, infamous for jamming the national monument into existence despite local objections, is not even a registered voter in the Second Congressional District.
As of the end of the day on Friday, September 29th, 2017, St. Clair was still a registered Democrat in Portland, Maine, the heart of Maine's liberal First Congressional District, according to a document obtained from the city of Portland by the Maine Republican Party.
St. Clair's announcement today comes as the entire nation sits shocked by the horrific attack in Las Vegas, NV.
“This is without a doubt the most insensitive and out-of-touch campaign kick-off in Maine history,” said Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP. “While our nation is just trying to come to grips with the horror of what just happened, Lucas St. Clair is launching a political campaign that shows how out-of-touch he is.”
“Even worse is that Mr. St. Clair could not even be bothered to actually register to vote in the district before launching his campaign,” said Mr. Savage. “A Seattle liberal by way of Portland, Maine is not a good fit for the people of Maine's Second Congressional District, and Mr. St. Clair's insensitive, out-of-touch announcement proves it.”
“Looking at voter data showing Mr. St. Clair's current and previous voter registration, combined with publicly available voter history, there is no evidence Mr. St. Clair has ever actually voted from the Second District,” concluded Mr. Savage.
“It appears his focus in the district has been forcing his opinion on rural Mainers, not living and voting among them. All signs point to Mr. St. Clair functioning as an outsider with his own agenda, completely out of touch with voters in the district."
Below you will find a copy of Mr. St. Clair's current Portland, Maine voter registration card as of the end of the day last Friday.