On Tuesday Rep. John Andrews (R-Paris) testified in front of the Committee on State and Local Government regarding LD 2150, a bill he authored. LD 2150 would require the Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Attorney General to complete a yearly harassment training.
The public hearing for the bill lasted only a moment. Rep. Andrews said that his testimony would be only four words.
“Attorney General Aaron Frey”, said Rep. Andrews.
All those in attendance for the hearing knew why Andrews said this.
Last April Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey admitted to having a personal relationship with a subordinate employee.
Frey said that he made “an error in judgment” due to not reporting the relationship sooner. Frey said that the relationship began in August 2022. It was not reported until 8 months later.
According to the State of Maine’s Policy Against Harassment, “Supervisors who become personally involved with a subordinate are required to report the relationship to
their supervisors so that a change in reporting structure can be considered.”
Frey failed to disclose his relationship with a subordinate, meaning he broke protocol set by the state.
Despite breaking state policy, an independent investigation found that Frey did nothing wrong. The independent investigator claimed that Frey did nothing wrong since the relationship in question was consensual and the subordinate no longer reported to Frey.
However, the state policy does not differentiate between consensual and nonconsensual relationships with subordinate employees, effectively nullifying the argument of the private investigator.
Despite Frey breaking a state policy, the Democratic-led legislature decided not to punish him.
Rep. Andrew’s bill would make Frey complete a yearly harassment training as long as he holds the post of Attorney General.