AUGUSTA – Some Democratic officials are seeking to distance themselves from the controversial left-wing Maine People’s Alliance after the group made an untoward attack on a handicapped Republican lawmaker.
“We’ve only been out of the session two days. And it’s not beginning in a positive way. In fact, it’s pretty disturbing,” wrote Reps. Brian Jones (D-Freedom) and Denise Harlow (D-Portland) in a letter to several other elected officials.
“‘Our’ allies sent a mailer attacking the Republicans for their votes against Medicaid expansion,” the pair of lawmakers wrote. They asked like-minded colleagues to sent an email to Ben Chin, MPA’s director of political engagement, expressing their discontent.
The attack that set off Jones, Harlow and Republican lawmakers was a mailer that accused Rep. Dale Crafts (R-Lisbon Falls) of “having no spine” and failing to “stand up” to Gov. Paul LePage.
Crafts has been bound to a wheelchair for 26 years as the result of a motorcycling accident.
“The Maine People’s Alliance is just a bunch of liberal windbags,” Crafts told TheDCNF. “I voted against ObamaCare’s welfare expansion because I go to work every day in my wheelchair, and I don’t think I should be paying extra taxes just so able-bodied young men can get free Medicaid.”
Editor, The Maine Wire