Beth Edmonds, Democrat, a former Senate President and 4 term legislator of the Baldacci era, is currently starring in Janet Mills' attack ads falsely claiming that Shawn Moody wants to take away her health insurance.
A supposed proponent of getting big money out of politics, it is ironic that Edmonds' starring role is at the hands of two super PACs.
On the plus side, if any of you have a bridge, looks like Beth Edmonds is happy to sell it for you...
Did you see Governor LePage's statement?
Governor LePage is appealing his lawsuit against Janet Mills to the Supreme Court.
Not only is it concerning that Mills entered into a federal lawsuit without direction from the Legislature or the Governor as required by law, but the Governor points out that we do not know how Janet Mills paid for her work on the federal lawsuit.
Janet Mills' rogue behavior is not only concerning, it's just plain shady.
See Governor LePage's full statement below:
Governor LePage Will Appeal Mills Lawsuit to Supreme Court
For Immediate Release: Monday, October 22, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA--Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that he will appeal Friday's decision by Justice Michaela Murphy in his lawsuit asking the asking the Superior Court to find that the Attorney General exceeded her authority by bringing a federal suit in a different state on behalf of the people of Maine without being directed to do so by the Governor or Legislature.
"I am suing Attorney General Janet Mills because she has refused to follow the law in representing the Governor's Office, and she has explicitly broken the law by suing the federal government in another state without direction from either the Legislature or the Governor," stated Governor LePage. "The Attorney General acts as if she is her own branch of government instead of a department head subject to the direction of the duly elected Legislature. The Democrats in the Legislature are obviously afraid to rein her in so it is left to me once again to call out rogue and unscrupulous behavior when I see it."
The Governor continued, "Furthermore, since she enters into these lawsuits without authorization from the Legislature or the Governor, I question how she is paying for them since there is no appropriation or financial order to cover the expense. Since we cannot obtain a clear record of time and billing from her office, I can only assume that she is covering the costs of these lawsuits with funds that were not appropriated for that purpose. Her rogue behavior, refusal to respect the authority of the Legislature or the Governor of the State of Maine, and lack of transparency around time and money show that she is not a solution for what needs fixing in state government, she is the problem. She represents the cronyism that I've been fighting to clean up for eight years."
"Unfortunately, this case has been on Justice Murphy's desk awaiting a decision since May, and it is clear she delayed issuing a ruling--until challenged by my attorneys--so the appeal would not be heard until after the election," added Governor LePage.
Justice Murphy's decision states: "Here, the Governor argues that the Attorney General exceeded her authority by participating in a federal action on behalf of the State. The Governor cites to the language of the statute, suggesting not unreasonably that the language is clear and unambiguous."
The decision is available here (scroll to bottom of press release web page).
Maine GOP TV Ad Highlights Janet Mills Double-Dipping at Taxpayer Expense
Mills collecting six-figure salary, and state funded pension while running for Governor
AUGUSTA – The Maine GOP is rolling out our new 30 second TV ad, ‘Janet Mills, Double-Dipper’ this morning. The ad exposes how Janet Mills, while being paid to work as Attorney General, has been collecting a taxpayer funded Maine retirement check and running for Governor.
“This ad speaks for itself,” said Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP. “Janet Mills has been collecting two taxpayer funded paychecks while running for Governor. Whether it’s chips, dips, or the public payroll, double-dipping is never good. Two paychecks, one job, all while running for Governor. Janet Mills is why Maine’s tired of career politicians.”
The New York Times’ desperate smear attempt on Shawn Moody is so fundamentally flawed that Maine’s press wouldn’t even touch it when Janet Mills’ national attack squad shopped it around.
This is nothing but an attempt by America’s most famous fake news outlet to attack and smear a good man and great company for partisan political gain.
The New York Times was offered a list of women who work at Moody’s. Many have children, were pregnant when they worked at Moody's, or are pregnant now. The report is FALSE.
This attempt to smear one of Maine’s Best Places To Work with a hack article is all about nationalizing a race already swamped with millions of dollars in liberal outside money.
There is no shame with the national media – especially the New York Times.
Below is a statement from the Moody Campaign on this desperate New York Times smear:
BREAKING: New York Times prints false allegations against Moody which have existed in public file since 2006
· Out-of-State paper seeks to harm Moody’s reputation close to election day
· In video Moody co-workers come to his defense
· Moody’s has regularly won one of “Maine’s Best Places to Work” from outside ratings organization with high ratings from women and men who work for the company
GORHAM – Now that the race for Governor is in October and the election is just weeks away, the New York Times is seeking to interject itself into Maine’s race for Governor by publishing a piece seeking to attack the reputation of Shawn Moody.
The false allegations against Moody have existed in a public file since 2006, prior to Moody’s first race for Governor. Despite thorough research into Moody’s background and a full examination by the Maine media for many years, the New York Times is now seeking to discredit him. Democratic Party operatives and allies have sought to spread the story for months knowing Moody was, and is, in a strong position to win.
“Let me just say this, and in the strongest way possible, I have always treated every co-worker employee with dignity and respect, always,” said entrepreneur Shawn Moody. “It is just outrageous to even suggest my business does not have opportunities for women.”
In relation to the false allegation attack, several women at Moody’s have joined together in defending Shawn Moody and the company. The interview videos contain several short clips where they outline their personal feelings and experiences.
Debbie Gale who has worked with Moody for twenty years, including during the time the fired employee was at Moody’s, talks of the false allegations and how women have always been treated the company. She states, “It’s crazy, it’s not who Shawn is as a person.” Adding, “It’s ridiculous. It’s not true...women are respected here, men are respected here. If someone is no longer here it is because they have not done their job,” said Gale in some of the many statements contained in the video.
Moody’s coworker Carrie White, a mother of three and multi-year Moody’s coworker, discusses her own experiences and thoughts on the allegation.
Single mother Tameka Dexter also notes Shawn’s approach at the company and opportunities for women at the company.
HD Videos can be viewed here:
The false allegations were made by a former coworker let go by Moody’s back in 2006, twelve years ago. The former coworker, who hired an attorney and took financial gain, falsely alleged that Mr. Moody and the company fired her due to motherhood; despite the fact that Moody’s employed other women, continues to employ women at a higher rate than the industry average, and that the majority of Moody’s women coworkers have children. Several women have given birth during their employment as a co-worker at the company and others are pregnant now.
At the time Moody’s company insurance carrier stepped in under the insurance agreement to pay the legal bills surrounding the case and to deal with the attorneys. On their recommendation Moody’s settled the case, as noted in public documents at the Maine Human Rights Commission, in an effort to reduce legal fees from a long fight and move on from the former, terminated, coworker. In 40+ of business, it was and is the only time a fired coworker issued an allegation.
Moody’s has a process where several people within the company are involved in both the hiring and firing process.
A few facts:
In the Moody’s 2018 Best Places to Work award process, staff surveys sent to Moody’s following the outside ratings review, indicated women employees gave Moody’s a 96% satisfaction rate.
As part of Moody’s company health plan coverage for co-workers preventative care includes: childhood immunizations and breast, cervical or colorectal cancer screenings.
In the year 2017 (through December 31), women at Moody’s had a median wage of $51,805 while the national average is $39,988 –
According to a demographic report from Deloitte, MIT Media Lab and partners; people holding technical degrees and choosing to work in Moody’s industry nationally are 92.9% male.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, in a larger similar category, reports nationally 9.6% as the percentage of women working in this given field, meaning men make up over 90% of workers nationally.
Moody’s currently employs more women at their business than the national average. Women work in all facets of the business, including as a technicians on the shop floors.
Currently twenty five women work at Moody’s, with six in leadership positions. Eighteen of these women have children and family responsibilities. Four of these women were pregnant and gave birth while employed by Moody’s or are pregnant today.
“It is truly sad that the New York Times would seek to paint this picture, with a fired coworker and her family, and try to harm Shawn Moody and his business just because he chose to run for Governor,” said Lauren LePage, Campaign Manager for Moody.