A Step Long Overdue

 

For well over a decade, The Maine Conservative Voice has worked to be just that, a conservative voice in the state of Maine. My name is Andy Torbett and I have been The Maine Conservative Voice since its inception. Working with limited means, my limited talents, and outdated decrepit computers, TMCV has somehow been able to have an impact here in rural Maine.

One of our first battles was to bring awareness and fight against Governor Baldacci’s crusade against independent contractors. I also helped to form the Red County Caucus, which was the first Caucus to endorse then candidate Paul LePage for Governor. Later, I would be the state field rep for the NRA-ILA as we joined forces with the Gun Owners of Maine and Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to defeat Bloomberg’s gun control effort, Question 3, in our state.

Along the way, I have used what writing talent I have to try and further conservative ideals and candidates. From time to time fellow activists have encouraged me to run for public office. The timing has never been right.

But now it is. I am announcing my intent to run for County Commissioner in District 2 of Piscataquis County. We have made some unofficial announcements to gauge support and have been encouraged by the positive response.

It has been surprising that some, who I thought were allies, have expressed frustration that I am not running for a more “important” office. I have reasons both personal and philosophical. Let me explain.

The demands of a “higher” office would take me away from my family, business, and ministry in a time when I am needed in those positions consistently. The office of County Commissioner offers the opportunity to have a political impact on my community, while allowing me to remain active in the areas at home that I need to be. But the idea that some would view local government as “lesser” than a state or federal position, shows a fundamental misunderstanding of our Republic and how far we as a people have strayed from the fundamental tenets of local sovereignty.

The spend-thrifty policies at the state and federal level have placed an undue burden on rural Maine. Mandates force the hand of local municipal leaders leaving many rural towns with budgets over leveraged with no room to negotiate to a balanced budget without escalating mil rates. Town after town in Maine are finding themselves with no choice but to deorganize to maintain fiscal solvency.

As the push for small towns to deorganize continues to gain momentum, the role of the Counties will continue to grow. It will be important to have Commissioners who are fiscally conservative to keep a rein on budgets that will have increased demand on them. This is one of the major reasons I am running for commissioner.

I have always had a passion for rural Maine. I love Piscataquis County. I know, that if given the opportunity, I can serve her effectively.

I could use your help. Please consider a donation of any amount to our campaign. You can go to torbett4commissioner.com and learn a little bit more about what we are doing. There is a donate button on the website or you can send your donation to Committee to elect Andy Torbett, 107 Buck Rd, Atkinson, ME, 04426, attention Mark Kinney Treasurer.

I’m looking forward to serving Piscataquis County. With your help we can make it happen. My campaign slogan is Hard Work and Common Sense, which is a tradition in Piscataquis County. Please consider supporting.

Thank you and God Bless!

Andy Torbett

Letter to the Editor

The cover up continues in Piscataquis County. The Democrats and their media allies here are pitched in an effort to gain a foothold in The Red County. This has been sent to the Piscataquis  Observer, The Eastern Gazette, and the Bangor Daily. I’m not letting this go and I will not be silenced. They should know better by now.

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter to express my genuine concern and frustration that the double standards we see played out on the national political stage have made their way into Piscataquis County. The requirements for a candidate to run for a house seat in Maine clearly read that the individual must reside in the district he or she wishes to represent for at least the 90 days/3 months directly preceding the election. This is to insure that local communities have local representation.

Reports have surfaced, with documented evidence, that Dr. Richard Evans has applied for and received Homestead exemption in the Town of Addison, ME, Washington County, which carries a requirement of residency in that town. To be clear, Addison is not even close to the District he is running for office in here in Piscataquis County. He has his mail sent to Dover-Foxcroft to give the appearance of residency in Piscataquis. Unfortunately for Dr. Evans, by rule, he cannot have it both ways.

Mr. Evans must make a choice. Does he want residency in Addison to maintain his tax exemption or does he want residency in Dover-Foxcroft to run for political office? Whatever his choice, the facts are clear, he cannot run for office in Piscataquis County now.

In the end, the fault lies with the Democrat Party. So used to a double standard, Democrats operate under the assumption that the rules do not apply to them and the media will always run cover. There is a way to end the double standard and that is to vote in November against the dishonesty of the Democrat Party!

Andy Torbett

Atkinson ME

Cover Up??

An update to my article entitled “Different Reality, Different Neighborhood”. Local papers to this point have not published this article that was sent to them. I have contacted them several times with no response. My articles have been printed in past weeks but when this article which contains damming evidence to invalidate a Democrat’s candidacy, the Piscataquis Observer suddenly has chosen not to publish this information.(I have also sent this article to Bangor Daily and The Eastern Gazette)

I’m hoping this not an effort by the paper to run cover for the Democrat party. I’m hoping that, perhaps next week, the article will be run in the editorial section where my articles usually appear.  This is an issue that most be addressed.

The Town of Addison has Dr. Evans’ application for Homestead exemption on file stating that he indeed has applied for and received Homestead exemption in the Town of Addison. He must claim residency in the town he has exemption in. The town of Addison is in Washington County, not Piscataquis County, the county in which he is running for office.

The law requires that you must be a resident in the District you seek office for at least 90 days/3 months directly preceding the election. As a candidate, Dr. Evans would have to collect signatures and checks from voters in that District that he claims to reside in. Yet, he still claims Homestead Exemption and residency in a County and District that is hours away from the District he claims to want to represent.

He does own a home in Dover-Foxcroft and does have his mail sent there. But you cannot claim residency in two towns for two different purposes; one to receive tax exemption, the other to run for office. Which is it? You can’t have them both!

The Red County Caucus Endorses Ted Cruz

 

The members of “The Red County Caucus” announce their endorsement for the Republican nomination in the 2016 Presidential election.

 

In 2008, it was Piscataquis County’s singular status as the only Red County in all of New England that caused then Representative Paul Davis to begin thinking of forming an activist group that was indicative of this unique achievement. After finding three other Conservatives who shared a commonality and saw the potential of his idea, Davis forged ahead and formed “The Red County Caucus”. The RCC, as some have called the Red Caucus, is made up of those same four founding members: now Senator Paul Davis (R- Sangerville), former Senator Doug Smith (R-Dover-Foxcroft), former Representative Pete Johnson (R-Greenville), and Andy Torbett, a local Conservative activist and columnist.

 

In 2010, The Red County Caucus made its first impact upon the Maine political landscape with its endorsement of then candidate Paul R. LePage. The RCC endorsement is viewed by many as a pivotal moment in the 2010 primary race that helped to propel the Mayor of Waterville to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination and eventually the Governorship. To this day, those who claim to stand for conservative principles must pass the litmus test of the Red County.

 

It is with these principles in mind, that The Red County Caucus unanimously endorses Senator Ted Cruz to be the Republican nominee for President of the United States in 2016. We find that Mr. Cruz is a man of strong moral fiber, a man of steadfast conviction, honest, unashamed of his God, his faith, and his family. He has proven that it these things that he treasures above all and, therefore, we stand convinced that he would tirelessly defend those selfsame treasures that we also hold so dear.

 

He has defended the precepts of the Constitution and our Free Republic before the Supreme Court with tenacity, prevailing against all odds. Then in the United States Senate, despite a barrage of criticism from the media and members of his own Party, he has continued to defend the God-given Constitutional rights of all Americans.

 

Furthermore, We, The Red County Caucus, believe firmly that the solutions for a return to greatness in our beloved Nation are not found in one man. Those solutions are found in the citizens of this great Republic whose only impediment to success is a government that restricts our freedom and does not honor our rights. We believe that Senator Ted Cruz, as the next President of the United States of America, will work to lessen the power of government and return that power where it belongs, with “We The People.”

 

The Honorable Paul Davis-Maine State Senator District 4

The Honorable Peter Johnson- former Maine State Representative

The Honorable Doug Smith- former Maine State Senator

Andy Torbett-The Maine Conservative Voice