Shawn Moody’s sudden conversion to conservatism has Maine people scratching their heads. Moody was anything but conservative when running for Governor as an Independent. As a political appointee of the Governor, he managed to keep a low profile within the LePage political machine.
With the confusion and lack of clarity on his political direction, perhaps the LePage camp felt they had found their “Manchurian”. The political landscape of Maine felt the rumble and shuffle as the whole of the Governor’s political machine shifted and morphed into the Moody team. Was this the blank slate that they needed to insure eight more years of the LePage regime?
But the heat of the primary has begun to mottle the hastily plated facade of a true conservative candidate and the juxtaposition of two different politicians from two different races is creating an uncomfortable reality for the kingmakers behind the politician. Shawn Moody is spending more and more time trying to dodge his inconsistencies. Yes, the dodge is on and the many moods of Moody is starting to show.
For a man who claims to be the outsider and the proverbial “unpolitician”, his mastery of the political rope-a-dope would hold even Ted Kennedy in awe. Debate moderators have scolded Moody for never answering a question and when he does they are surprised that he sounds more like the Democrats then the Republicans. This dodge and weave approach to truth is just the type of political gamesmanship the voting public has grown tired of.
Another candidate on the dodge is Mary Mayhew. Mayhew also had a conversion to conservatism. While the writer agrees that conservatism is great thing to convert to, the fruit of a conversion should show in the actions of a leader.
Mary Mayhew has faced bipartisan criticism for her handling of DHHS. With tragedy of a girl’s death in the form of repeated child abuse on Mayhew’s watch, this and the several other cases of poorly administrated abuse cases is a baggage that will sink her campaign. Mayhew has not addressed these concerns satisfactorily because she cannot.
With the Ken Fredette campaign struggling to gain traction, there is really only one choice for true conservatives in the Republican Gubernatorial primary. Garrett Mason can run on his record because it is there in plain sight for everyone to see. His conservative principles have stayed consistent, his ideals are constant, and they have not wavered.
The 2nd Amendment will be the divining issue of this election. This along with school choice, abortion, family values, fiscal restraint, defense of the Constitution, states rights, and so many more are not issues that should be left to chance to a candidate that dodges, bobs, and weaves their way around the issues. Maine needs a leader with a consistent record of conservatism and Garrett Mason is that leader.
THE RED COUNTY CAUCUS URGES SUPPORT OF GRAHAM-CASSIDY
In 2008, a small rural county in Maine gained national notoriety as being the only county in all of New England to vote against Barack Obama and stay red. This singular moment in political history earned Piscataquis County the title of “The Red County”. Considered by some as the most conservative county east of the Mississippi, Piscataquis holds the well deserved reputation of being a bastion of conservatism for the east.
Soon after 2008, local politicians and conservative personalities from Piscataquis County joined forces to form The Red County Caucus (RCC). The idea was to impact the Maine political arena by an endorsement from a noted conservative group. With Piscataquis’ established reputation, it was obvious this was the time. The RCC immediately impacted the political landscape of Maine by endorsing Paul LePage for Governor.
Maine, as well as the Nation, are facing crucial decisions in our future. These decisions will determine whether we become a State and a Nation of people that forfeit our freedoms or take them back from government overreach. The Red County Caucus once again will be at the forefront of political influence in our State.
The Red County Caucus is ready to speak to the challenges of a new election. The Red County Caucus will be weighing in on the crucial issues of our day starting here with healthcare. Along with statements on several issues, The RCC will give an endorsement for the Governor of the State of Maine.
The best government is the government that governs least and local governance is the best governance. The Free Market is the best purveyor of healthcare. Unfortunately, our government has violated these proven truths and now we are caught in the tentacles of their misdeeds, Obamacare (ACA).
When it comes down to it, all healthcare is local. Our Federal government, through the passage of Obamacare, has eliminated local control from our healthcare system and established rules that are mandated to every person and business. This is the suppression of our individual freedom.
The ability to make choices about what health insurance options we want, or if we want health insurance at all, has been taken out of the citizen’s hand. This has gone too far. We must take action.
Massive increases in premiums and deductible costs are hurting regular citizens and businesses. All around us we hear of neighbors, friends, and businesses crushed by Obamacare, yet Washington stubbornly continues to tout the ACA as the answer to protect our citizens. The time has come to make significant changes to Obamacare, since Washington is unable to repeal and replace the entire bill as promised.
The Graham-Cassidy bill is not perfect but makes significant improvements to the existing law. This bill will return much of the control to the states rather than the federal government, eliminate employer and individual mandates, eliminate some taxes, and retain protection for patients with preexisting conditions. Graham-Cassidy will begin the fight to get the federal government out of the health insurance business and curtail significantly the hardships imposed by Obamacare on millions of our fellow citizens.
The Red County Caucus strongly urges Senator Susan Collins to heed the disastrous impact the ACA has had on her constituents here in Maine and support Graham-Cassidy. We urge Maine citizens to contact Senator Collins and remind her that “We The People” want these changes. Her vote to support individual liberty in Maine is needed now.
The spring that never was, at least that’s the prediction as of late from the weather prophets. As we dream of warm spring air and fear it may never again appear through the snow drifts, the maple sugar industry is just wishing the sap would run. Its awful hard to boil sap without any sap.
A couple of hours to our south in Augusta there is no shortage of sap to be sure. The halls of the capital run thick with it and for years the layers of impurities have lain dormant with no adversity to expose it. As of late though, the hidden corruption of the Democrat Party has started to bubble to the top.
Not that it would take much heat to turn the layered misdeeds of the party whose symbol is an ass. The systemic corruption of the Democrat Party has so compiled that, quite frankly, its getting very hard for the leadership to keep a lid on it. Still to a great degree, Maine voters are complicit in this misuse and misappropriation of funds.
The Clean Elections Fund is a conundrum of contradiction. There is simply nothing clean about. And to it’s corruption, the Democrats are the flaming epitome. But it was the people of Maine who voted to give the Democrats the much more money to misuse and misappropriate in their version of a “clean election,” as if they hadn’t had enough to misuse in the past.
So now, it’s the expose´. Will Mainers be disgusted by the misuse of their taxpayer dollars? I doubt it. It’s what they voted for, right?
No, not really, but the frustrating thing is the flippant manner in which voters vote away their hard earn dollars into the pockets of corrupt politicians and then complain about the tax burden. Every bond issue that comes on a ballot sails through by a large majority. Minimum wage hikes completely detached from common sense are voted in leaving are businesses now teetering on collapse. No thought is ever given to repercussions of our votes.
The boil is on in Augusta and many Democrats are being exposed for abusing the clean elections system. Augusta is wallowing in too much money that we the voters, with the flick of pen or punch of a button in a voting booth, give to individuals with questionable moral fortitude. We as voters should take this time to reflect on whether there would be so much corruption in Augusta if we stopped giving them so much money to be corrupted with.