The Former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, Mark Eves claimed Maine’s whiteness is “bad news,” while speaking to nearly one hundred activists and grassroots supporters on Wednesday evening.
The Maine People’s Alliance presented the event in Lewiston as a chance for people question the gubernatorial candidates in a bid to “make sure that our next leaders have a truly progressive vision for Maine.”
“Now, more than ever, we need progressive leaders who will work to help everyday Mainers and fight back against the racist and xenophobic rhetoric and policies coming from Washington and Augusta,” claimed the organizers.
Eves, who is a leading voice for the Maine Democrats as well as a Democrat candidate for Governor, was speaking at the event when he claimed Maine will be in trouble if it can’t attract a more diverse population.
Eves has possibly forgotten what kind of message he initially tried to spread.
In July, as he announced his bid for governor, Eves said: “I believe that is how we will start to bring together a state that can feel all too divided and build a better Maine one family at a time.”
This is not the first time a Maine Democrat has said something inflammatory.
A Democratic state lawmaker in Maine posted a long and abusive rant on Facebook which included threats to the President.
“Trump is a half term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that pussy,” Rep. Scott Hamann wrote in July.
He also accused President Trump of being “anti-American,” and an “admitted rapist” who was “installed by the Russians.”
“Don’t like the truth?” he continued. “Well then fuck you, snowflake. You’re a fucking pussy. And you people are destroying America.”
“100% of intelligence Americans agree that Trump is a complete loser. But go back to clinging to your guns because you’re afraid. Pussy,” he said.
Hamann later resigned from the job he held at a regional food bank.
“I have been considering changing jobs for the past year, since I completed my MBA last fall and would like to pursue employment opportunities more in line with my education level,” he claimed while explaining his departure. “Particularly since Trump supporters from around the country were making threatening calls to the food bank to harass them into firing me over my satirical Facebook comment, it felt appropriate to spare my coworkers and an organization I love any more hassle. Good Shepherd was the best employer I could have asked for during the three years I was there, but this seemed like the right time to pursue jobs that put my degree to better use.”
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