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  • Maine House resolution pledging to honor the duties of public office passes in largely party-line vote

    by Ramona du Houx

    The Maine State House of Representatives on January 14, 2016, passed a resolution that affirms lawmakers’ commitment to the standards the public has the right to expect of its public officials. The 81-65 tally fell largely along party lines. The measure was a direct result of Gov. LePage's recent racial remarks, his contuned negitive attitude towards the people of Maine and the state's lawmaking process. LePage's antics have been on national TV, as the nation laughs at the state.

    “This resolution reaffirms and resets the high bar that elected officials are held to. We take these responsibilities seriously and we assure the people of Maine that we will be vigilant in adhering to and protecting those standards,” said Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, who offered the House resolution. “We expect and demand that elected officials act with civility and decency toward one another. We reject the politics of retribution, intolerance and divisiveness and we put ourselves and the governor on notice.”

    The House also took up a measure to impeach the governor, which failed.The Democratic-controlled House voted 96-52 to kill the impeachment measure.

    After the Attorney General, Janet Mills, said there were no grounds for impeachment the fire to proceed was put out.

    Rep. Gideon and House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe previously invited all members of the House, regardless of party affiliation, to support the nonpartisan resolution under which members pledge to “honor the responsibilities entrusted to us by the people of the state” and reject all words and actions that undermine commonsense ideas and decency toward one another.

    Three independent members joined Democrats in voting for the resolution. Only one Republican accepted the invitation to support the resolution.

    “We had a chance to come together and rise above partisanship today,” said McCabe, D-Skowhegan.  “We’re saddened that most of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle did not accept our invitation. It would have sent a strong message about our unity as we tackle the state’s challenges this session.”