The Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) Foundation’s Center for Legislative Accountability released a legislative scorecard Tuesday rating the conservative voting record of members of the 131st Maine State Legislature.
The conservative organization’s ratings are based on an evaluation of how Maine lawmakers voted on certain bills during the Legislature’s first session, and whether their votes align with the organization’s vision of conservatism.
According to CPAC:
“The bills featured in CPAC’s 2023 Ratings of Maine expanded handouts for electric vehicles, increased workplace mandates, and increased welfare spending.
These issues, coupled with our mission to protect life, liberty, property and upholding the American family, created the basis by which the CPAC Foundation rated the Maine legislature.”
Among the bills from the Legislature’s 2023 session that were analyzed in the scorecard were LD 1619 — Gov. Janet Mills’ late-term abortion bill — and LD 535, which allows minors to receive hormone replacement therapy without parental consent.
“Maine voters should be asking themselves, ‘When will this extremism be enough?’” CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp said Tuesday.
“Maine’s Democrat legislators passed laws that allow minors to receive radical gender care without parental consent, gave health care to illegal immigrants, and that prevents employers from monitoring their own workplace,” Schlapp said.
The scorecard found that Maine’s Democratic legislators averaged a conservative rating of about 1 percent, while Republicans averaged 91 percent in the Senate and 93 percent in the House.
The low conservative rating of Maine’s Democratic lawmakers the conservative group attributed to bills during the first legislative session that pushed “extremely progressive policies, including bills that incentivize illegal immigration, diminish parental rights, and potentially transform the government into a weapon against conservatives itself through lawfare.”
Five Republican Maine State Senators achieved a “perfect 100%” conservative voting record rating from CPAC: Sens. Bradlee Farrin of Somerset, Stacey Guerin of Penobscot, Matthew Harrington of York, Peter Lyford of Penobscot, and Jeffrey Timberlake of Androscoggin.
Eighteen Republican State Representatives also achieved a 100% conservative rating, including Rep. Mike Soboleski of Phillips, who is currently running to challenge Democratic Congressman Jared Golden in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District this November.
The lowest rated Republican State Senator was Sen. Richard Bennet of Oxford (58%), while Rep. David Boyer of Poland received the lowest conservative rating (79%) among the House Republicans.
The Democratic lawmakers with the highest conservative voting record ratings during the first legislative session were Sen. Joe Baldacci of Penobscot (11%) and Rep. Anne-Marie Mastraccio of Sanford (21%).
Read CPAC’s full legislative scorecard for Maine lawmakers here.