Maine People’s Alliance attack on disabled Republican may have been deliberate

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One week after the Maine People’s Alliance was enveloped in a media firestorm for a controversial attack it made on a wheelchair-bound Republican lawmaker, new evidence has surfaced suggesting the attack was not accidental as the group has repeatedly claimed.

The kerfuffle began when the MPA, a radical left-wing political group based in Portland, sent mailers to the district of Rep. Dale Crafts (R-Lisbon Falls) criticizing him for having “no spine” and for failing to “stand up” to Gov. Paul LePage’s bullying.

Crafts has been paralyzed for 26 years as the result of a motorcycling accident.

After The Maine Wire and several other media outlets put a spotlight on the offensive attack, Mike Tipping, MPA’s communications director, called Craft, apologized, and defended his group on social media, radio and in a blog post at the Bangor Daily News.

Tipping’s defense all along has been that the flier was a carbon-copy, one-size-fits-all palm card sent to many districts, that it did not specifically target Crafts. The offensive language was an oversight by some anonymous staffer, he said. (Definitely not him, no.)

But the Maine GOP has produced copies of fliers sent to other districts and a comparison of the fliers suggests Crafts’ was custom designed.

As the Republicans note, one of these fliers does not look like the others. Tipping now should explain why the offensive flier is not, as he has claimed, a carbon copy of other fliers sent to different lawmakers, but is in fact unique.

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“The most likely explanation is that the person(s) who created the flier attacking Rep. Crafts knew full well he is confined to a wheelchair, and chose to modify the flier just a little bit to make it slightly less literal before attacking him,” the GOP Executive Director Jason Savage said in a blog post.

The unwanted attention for MPA, a 501(c)4 nonprofit, also puts U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud in a difficult bind.

Michaud, running for governor as a Democrat, has been endorsed by MPA (they exclusively endorse liberal Democrats). Republicans are calling on him to condemn the offensive tactics the MPA uses, but Michaud likely knows he needs the MPA’s out-of-state paid canvassers to help him win in November.


  1. More evidence that the left-wing extremist Maine Peoples Alliance knew exactly what they were doing when they mocked Dale Crafts for his disability. We now know that the flyer was NOT a copy-and-paste replica of other fliers, so Mike Tipping is a liar. And does anyone believe that an anonymous staffer was responsible for the hit piece? This has Tipping’s fingerprints all over it. Without the MPA’s out-of-state paid canvassers going door-to-door across Maine in 2012, Mark Eves (who moved here from Kentucky less than 10 years ago) would likely not be Speaker of the House today. Will he now disavow the MPA extremists?

  2. Rep Dale Crafts is probably THE most conservative legislator in Augusta. The far-left and radical Maine Peoples Alliance know all to well who he is and would do anything to remove him from his seat in the House. There is absolutely no question that the MPA knew exactly what they were doing.

  3. Rep Lockman with all due respect we have just as many people from away representing the Republican Party in Maine currently….so we should not throw those stones through those glass doors…

  4. I do not understand how the addition of the word “bullying” [as in, Failed to stand up to Gov. LePage’s bullying] targets Crafts. Or is there some hidden message there visible only to The Maine Wire?

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