Maine Gov. Janet Mills committed an apparent social media blunder on Monday evening, posting images of Portland, Maine’s notorious Marginal Way homeless encampment along side images of Maine lakes and mountains.
“Some local travel these last few weeks,” she wrote from her personal Facebook account, adding a challenge for her followers to identify where those locations were in Maine.
Screen captures of the images circulated quickly among Maine politicos, with many wondering if the images of bedraggled tents on public land wound up in the post accidentally.
But Mills appeared to confirm that she had posted the images on purpose in a comment on the post, telling a follower “yes” when asked whether the tent pictures were from the Marginal Way encampment.
The encampment, which has grown considerably in recent weeks, came into existence as the result of deliberate choices by state and local leaders to provide a central location for the unhoused.
The location has become an open air drug market, with residents using heroin in broad daylight, brandishing weapons, and menacing local businesses and their patrons.
Last month in a radio interview, Mills was asked whether she had visited any of the sites and her administration planned to do to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis, especially as Maine winter bears down on the state.
She responded that she was looking to lawmakers to come up with “creative proposals” to fix the problem.
Mills was asked on camera by WGME whether she would accept the Portland Police Chief’s offer to take her on a tour of the visit the site during her visit to Portland.
“Gotta go,” she responded.
Mills isn’t the first New England pol to publish something embarrassing on social media in the late evening.
Most notably, in 2013, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown replied to a critical journalist “Bqhatevwr“.