District 21 state Senate Race
I need to begin by saying how disappointed I am with Earle McCormack. Earle and I haven't always seen eye to eye, politically, but in the end I have always supported him and worked for his election and re-election. He struck me as a manof personal integrity, if somewhat uncertain political principles. For him to have been party to a scheme to be a "straw man" in the primary to step aside after the vote to deny conservatives a free, fair and full chance to draft a candidate in the primary - the very reason we HAVE primaries. for heaven's sake - sickens me. This whole chain of events turns out to be a scheme put together by Roger Katz to keep that seat a "moderate" seat. It's Anti-democratic and unprincipled. Everyone associated with it (Katz, McCormack, Pettingill, Flood, et al) should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.
Somehow, Roger Katz and Rosen have become the only voice that matters in the Republican Party candidating vetting process and these guys are turning tail and running from the principles and values that saw us rack up historic victories in 2010. They actually said to Ryan Wheaton, by way of trying to encourage him not to contest the coronation of Representative Flood as the nominee "We have to be realistic. Conservatives can not win."
It's good to know how you really feel, senator. I'll keep that in mind when the Republican state and Kennebec County Republican committees start hitting me up for funds to support "our" candidates. Because, clearly, they're YOUR candidates, not OURS.