Moody’s Blues

 

Once again the media and the political establishment have anointed who they think should be the candidates, explained to the voters why we should just except their established infallibility, and just embrace the inevitable by voting the way they indicate. So again, it’s the same old, same old. Two candidates, who the “powers that be” have foisted upon us, to which we are expected to except without question.

But I think not! For the Republicans, the establishment pick, Shawn Moody, has too many questions about too much duplicity, and not enough answers to assuage the doubts that surround him. The Republican Party does not do voters justice by anointing a candidate simply because the LePage political machine demands they do so.

Moody’s campaign from the onset has been based upon fallacy. It continues to brazenly spout these assertions and no one seems willing to challenge them. Let’s start now.

The Outsider: This claim seems more of the stuff of late night comic relief than a viable campaign strategy. Yes, the terminology is en vogue as of late but it is hard to substantiate when you are shouting it from inside the bowels of the LePage political power structure. Yes, the shuffle heard ’round the State was the movement of all the Governor’s soldiers moving their camp to under the Moody flag.

Not a politician: Again, do they speak in jest? How does a man run an Independent race for Governor, become a political appointee, and surround himself with all the Governor’s horses and all the Governor’s Ladies and Gents and not be a politician? The Moody campaign seems to enjoy playing fast and loose with facts.

The only one who has worked in the private sector: Now we are approaching sit-com level humor. Everyone of Moody’s opponents has worked in or run a private sector business. I find it unsettling that a man who wants to be Governor has such a narrow view of what is a valid profession in the private sector.

Mike Thibodeau, who has left the race, ran a very successful construction business and still owns a private sector business that manufactures snow shovels. Ken Fredette has a successful law office. Garrett Mason worked in the family construction business as a boy and then worked as an administrator for a professional sports team. Mary Mayhew has also worked in administration.

If only Shawn Moody had been given a few more opponents, he could have disparaged the entirety of the private sector profession save for Auto-body Technicians. Poorly thought out and thin on facts, Moody’s campaign song, constantly chirped and parroted, may in the end have him singing the Blues. With such a questionable foundation for a campaign, one has to wonder of the validity of the platform.

Conservatism?: Really? This is hard to swallow when the man spent an entire election railing against the tenets of conservatism. Seven years as a political appointee in the LePage administration and he never spoke out once of his embrace of conservative principles until right before announcing his conversion to a Republican and run for Governor? The people are right to question the convenience of Moody’s “Road to Damascus” moment on the eve of his new “NotapoliticianOutsider” campaign.

Traditional Family Values: This is to be expected. Every Republican candidate has a “Come to Jesus” moment in spring/early summer, when they realize they have to get elected. The question is, Who has a consistent record on those issues? Moody is murky at best and needs to speak with clarity on this and other issues.

For instance, the Ranked Choice Voting issue. Rumor has it that Shawn Moody has been in support of RCV until recently when political expediency dictated he switch. What is Shawn Moody’s stance on this issue? He needs to clarify.

And what of Medicaid expansion? Again, rumor has it that Mr. Moody has been in favor of expansion, while his new found Republican colleagues have been staunchly fighting the growth of this bureaucracy. Mr. Moody needs to set the record straight on these issues.

Shawn Moody has difficulty being a straight shooter when he has to keep dodging his political past. If Mr. Moody gets the Blues, it’s because he plays a song that has no soul. His rhythm strikes a chord of deceit and we’ve all heard this song before.

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The Red County Caucus Issues Statement on Ballot Initiatives

 

The Red County Caucus wishes to interject a healthy dose of Common Sense into the debate concerning the Ballot Initiatives facing Maine voters this coming November. Both Question 1 and Question 2 have far reaching implications to future welfare of this great State. Voters should take the time to look past the rose colored rhetoric, over-used, and tired political jargon. Investigate these questions through the eyes of common sense and the answers become clear.

Question 1: From the onset this initiative has smelled of corruption, and the stench has grown stronger the more we see of it. The very fact that the $5 million in question are controlled by one man shouts of a con. Mainers should see through this miles away and vote this down.

This is why government should not be funding business. This only attracts the most unseemly opportunists who are looking for “easy money”. Men such as this Shawn Scott, with the apt moniker “Shady Shawn”, hope through these referendums to profit off your tax dollars rather than take the hard earned path of the free market.

Question 2: We’ve tried this before. Hospitals were left with a mountain of unpaid balances, $750 million in fact, that left our hospitals over-leveraged and on the brink of insolvency. Extending coverage to able-bodied working adults has failed in the past and if enacted will once again cause hospitals to have to cut back on services, staff, and causing another state budget crisis to the tune of $100 million a year. It’s the proverbial “Deja Vu all over again” which will see Maine return to neglecting its elderly and truly needy as funds are redirected into the consuming demands of non-working childless adults.

For emphasis, We have tried this before and it failed. It makes no sense for hospitals to claim to be losing money from medicaid on one hand and ask for an expansion on the other. We have made positive advances in the effort to rectify the financial crisis in Maine’s healthcare sector. To return to the policies that caused the budget crisis in the first place is the very definition of fiscal insanity.