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GW Rudmin
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Unsigned attack on Andre Cushing's character

On Friday, we received in the mail a single page, non-professionally printed attack on Andre Cushing's character. Last week, I first saw an email (sent to a private email list in the Bangor area) that listed the exact same points. It was written by a woman in Hampden and a Bangor friend shared it with me. I discounted it then because of its scurrilous nature. The letter received Friday was unsigned. I'm not certain if it was endorsed by Jim Emerson, Andre's primary opponent, but the letter urged the reader(s) to vote for Jim Emerson in the primary. I know both Andre and Jim personally and I will have no problem voting for either of them in the general election. I have campaign signs for both of them in my yard. (It's not contradictory. Name recognition for either of them will be important in November.)

I contacted Andre and he refuted each of the points to my satisfaction. I'm disappointed that such a letter was mailed out without attribution by the sender/author.

I hope Republican voters in the Senate District 33 will ignore the scurrilous, unsigned mailing. Andre has served honorably in the House of Representatives and was chosen by his Republican peers to be the Assistant Majority Leader.

I don't have the energy or time to "type" the contents of the letter (perhaps another recipient can do that), and Andre's emailed response is in PDF form which I'm not savvy enough to copy and paste here. Certainly, I will email Andre's response to anyone who contacts me with their email address in private messaging.

In my experience with them, both Andre and Jim are honorable men of integrity.

Gerry Rudmin, Dexter

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Thank you, GW Rudmin. Myself,

Thank you, GW Rudmin.

Myself, I'm not interested in reading scurrilous, unfounded, unsigned letters, so I'm glad you didn't post what you received.

Suffice to say that if anyone else received it, I hope they used it to wrap the puppy's "output," and disposed of it properly.

Mike Lange
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I've known Jim Emerson for

I've known Jim Emerson for over 20 years and we belong to the same American Legion Post in Corinna. I doubt seriously if he had anything to do with such a letter and probably hasn't even read it. This is his first run for public office. I'm guessing that Cushing has apparently made some enemies in the Agenda 21 crowd.

BlueJay
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Mike, I think you may be

Mike, I think you may be right. Some members of the A-21 group are oblivious to the workings of the legislative system. They expect results from their elected representatives without regard to the political steps involved, and have turned on some reps when the desired results were impossible to meet. An unreasonable attitude IMO.

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Can I tell you a strange

Can I tell you a strange thing that happened yesterday? After the televsion debate was over with the Senate candidates, we came out to where we had all parked and our cars each had an unsigned, photocopied, letter attacking Bruce Poliquin. I wonder if the same person is behind it.

Robert Reed
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Whats Agenda21?

Whats Agenda21?

Mike Lange
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There's a ton of information

There's a ton of information on the Web about Agenda 21 with a pretty good summary on Wikipedia. Dr. Michael Coffman spoke at several venues in Maine earlier this year, warning audiences about the evils of Agenda 21. According to aquaintances I know in the Hampden area, Cushing isn't too popular among conservatives and they'll do anything to keep him out of the Senate. But I don't know that much about his voting record.

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Here is an explanation of
Naran
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Apollo - it would be

Apollo - it would be interesting to see if there is any surveillance camera footage showing who put the fliers on the vehicles.

Vic Berardelli
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I got the flyer in the mail.

I got the flyer in the mail. I am not a Cushing supporter but I doubt it was put out by Emerson or with his knowledge. He is not that kind of person. I do wish whomever put it out had a legal disclaimer and signed it. I do not know the source.
Although the content is not written professionally, it does show how Cushing has irritated constituents and been arrogant. That's something many people in this district have known about him long before the flyer.
And some of the content alludes to a serious local planning and land use issue in Hampden which has deeply divided the community over their private property rights (check the Bangor Daily News archives and you can see the stories.) I don't live in Hampden so I won't discuss the details.
There is also reference to a Cushing vote in committee on a 2nd Amendment matter which some gun owners have complained about long before the flyer.

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Gerry: You used the word

Gerry:

You used the word "scurrilous" but I think that is an improper and unfair word to use. It is not scurrilous or dirty to reveal the facts about someone who does not show that trait in campaign mode. And Andre Cushing is a selfish over-achiever who has all of the negative traits portrayed in the flyer, although he hides it with huge lips which he will attach to anyone important so he can kiss their rears. Therefore, although I do believe it should have had disclosure, I did not see it as scurrilous because it simply showed accurately what a two-faced political over-achiever Cushing can be. And his biggest liability is that he will try to pose as your friend one minute and then stab you in the back if he thinks it achieves his climb up the ladder.
Two people of impeccable honor beloved by AMG readers -- Paul Davis and Doug Thomas -- are working hard to help Cushing's opponent Jim Emerson. As they have impecable character, that should tell you a lot about Cushing.

GW Rudmin
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Vic. Generally there are two

Vic. Generally there are two definitions of "scurrilous". One means defamatory. The other means vulgar, coarse. I think the letter sent was defamatory because of the lack of attribution. Tell me who wrote it, who sent it. That still isn't clear. I can't see that the Town of Hampden has anything to do with the UN Agenda 21. Is it even in the minutes of the Hampden Town Council? Is Hampden a member community (as Falmouth is) of the international organization pushing Agenda 21? Answer: no. That's just one example of the scurrilous, defamatory example in the anonymous letter. The writer has freely associated the Hampden Town Council with UN Agenda 21 and then assigned Cushing as being a supporter of Agenda 21 simply because he's an elected member of the Hampden Town Council. Your description of Andre is nothing less than obscene, coarse and vulgar, i.e. scurrilous. I would expect better from gentlemanly you, but maybe your experiences in life are different than mine. I hope you don't mean to be so harsh.

I've known both Jim and Andre for decades. I've known Doug Thomas and Paul Davis for decades. I think none of the gentleman would approve of the letter sent anonymously. Doug and Paul think Jim would be the better nominee for the GOP. Unless they say otherwise, I think that's all their support for Jim means.

By the way, I've never understood how one can be an over-achiever in bad way. I'm not certain if Andre is an over-achiever, but if so, I think it's an admirable trait. Here's a definition: "One who achieves success over and above the standard or expected level ." I would LOVE to be known as an over-achiever.

Finally, a brother-in-law was in the advertising business. He told me once that there's no nice way to say something bad about someone else. One is always better off to elevate one's self rather than to tear another down.

Peace.

BlueJay
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Two people of impeccable

Two people of impeccable honor beloved by AMG readers -- Paul Davis and Doug Thomas -- are working hard to help Cushing's opponent Jim Emerson. As they have impecable character, that should tell you a lot about Cushing

This is huge. Thanks, Vic. I wasn't aware of this, but it's something folks in the district need to know.

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I am going to vote for Andre

I am going to vote for Andre Cushing.

I do not believe the Jim Emerson had anything to do with the cowardly letter or email.

Vic Berardelli
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Gerry asks: Your description

Gerry asks: Your description of Andre is nothing less than obscene, coarse and vulgar, i.e. scurrilous. I would expect better from gentlemanly you, but maybe your experiences in life are different than mine. I hope you don't mean to be so harsh.

I do not think reporting the facts about my own personal dealings with Cushing are obscene, coarse or vulgar. I would testify under oath how he can smile at your face and stab you in the back when you turn it. And so many of his constituents in Hampden have told me similar stories about him that I tend to believe it is his flaw and not ours. I've told him to his face that if his clothes caught fire I wouldn't...put out the flames. I think he is that dishonorable.

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As to "over-achiever" I agree

As to "over-achiever" I agree that it is a positive when one cliumbs to better than one's best.

But Cushing has a track record of constantly running for things and joining in order to move up the rungs of the ladder but never doing anything or producing once he gets there; or, taking credit for the sweat of others. His whole modus operandi seems to be to keep moving and accumulating titles. He has a Richard Nixon paranoid over-achiever trait which, as Nixon's Watergate and enemy lists proved, is not a positive trait to seek in a public official.
Ayn Rand described Cushing when she wrote about what she called the Second Handers who give the appearance of acting without doing.

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Vic - You're portrayal of

Vic - You're portrayal of Andre is a bit rough-edged, no? Someone reading your post might get the impression you don't mind at all when people post rough-edged descriptions of you.

Best,
skf

GW Rudmin
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At least Vic signed his name

At least Vic signed his name to his diatribe, like it or not.

Roger Ek
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Not nearly rough edged enough

Not nearly rough edged enough skf, The feeling is mutual.

"Cushing isn't too popular among conservatives and they'll do anything to keep him out of the Senate. But I don't know that much about his voting record."

Cushing was part of a progressive SWAT team that raided the District 31 caucus last year to prevent a conservative from running for the vacant seat. His progressive buddy, Charlie Summers, was part of the progressive SWAT team too. He threatened to void the whole caucus. He made the threat in front of about fifty people. They really, really don't like conservatives.

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From: Mary Adams Subject:

From: Mary Adams
Subject: Urgent: Andre Cushing responds to anonymous charges

Click Here to Download a PDF Copy of Rep. Andre Cushing's Response to Anonymous Charges

Dear Garland and other area Republicans,

Recently, I and many other Republicans received an unsigned letter with no return address. It was a sheet of paper, folded, with my name and address on it. It was a "hit" piece against state senate candidate Andre Cushing, with no documentation, mainly general and hearsay allegations. It urged the voter to vote for his opponent.

If anyone has legitimate criticisms of a candidate and wants to influence voters, they should sign their name(s) with mailing address, phone number and email address. Anonymously trying to trash a candidate is not acceptable to me and I trust you feel the same. I know that it was not acceptable to the Dexter Republican Town Chair either because he (Gerry Rudmin) posted notice of it on the political website www.asmainegoes.com. and stated his dislike that the negative mailing was anonymous. If you would like to read the thread, click here.

It was a cowardly act because it was anonymous. I notified Andre by email right away. I offered to print his response and put it down at the Garland Store and send it to the Republicans that I have email addresses for. I don't have very many, so it would be helpful if you would forward this email to Republicans you know and ask them to do the same. Maybe together we can get Andre's answers out to others who received the letter. There were 10 points made in the letter and he addresses each one in the same order in the attachment.

There are two Republican candidates for state senate who will be on the ballot Tuesday to represent our district: James Emerson of Corinna and Andre Cushing of Hampden. Both are good candidates. Both have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge not to vote to raise your taxes.

In the forty years we've lived in Garland I have never received an anonymous hit piece against a candidate running for office. I hope never to receive another one. Republicans should always take the high road and this was the low road.

Time is short. The hit people waited until the last minute to do their unethical work. Please forward this email to the Republicans in Garland and area towns who may have received the letter. The Senate District #33 includes: Carmel, Charleston, Corinna, Corinth, Dexter, Dixmont, Etna, Exeter, Garland, Glenburn, Hampden, Kenduskeag, Levant, Newburg, Newport, Plymouth, and Stetson.

Sincerely,

Mary

Mary Adams, Chairman
Garland Republican Committee
Garland ME 04939
mga@tdstelme.net

HOWARD ROARK
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No doubt, the flyer is wrong

No doubt, the flyer is wrong for not being signed or having a legal disclaimer. That said, what's wrong with disclosing what a two-faced individual Cushing is? He is not as honorable as he claims to be. And there is nothing wrong with informing voters of that.

Robert Reed
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Am I the only one who sees

Am I the only one who sees the irony in people on a blog who choose to remain nameless commenting on an unsigned letter?

Jim Cyr
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A few years ago, Cushing

A few years ago, Cushing screwed over one GOP candidate up this way big time. (The guy narrowly lost). I never forgot that. C'est la vie, but let's be honest here.
And yes, signing your name is almost always the right thing to do.

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How did he "screw over" a

How did he "screw over" a candidate? Did he go into the voting booths with each voter and change their ballot while they weren't looking?

Mike Lange
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Andre E. Cushing (R) 1,258

Andre E. Cushing (R) 1,258 56.64%

James P. Emerson (R) 963 43.36%

As of 5:45 a.m. (Bangor Daily News)

I'm starting to see a reversal of the Tea Party takeover at the convention. Check some of the other statewide results.

zmogus
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It's possible, still, that

It's possible, still, that Emerson could win. Corinna, Emerson's hometown, still hasn't sent in the vote tally for the Emerson/Cushing contest: CORINNA VOTING RESULTS. While it's unlikely that all 225 votes cast in Corinna went to Emerson, it IS likely that he received a majority. Some other towns in that Senate district still haven't reported their vote tallies. It's curious to me that Corinna reported all the voting results except that of the Senate contest to the BDN. Why don't we see the numbers for that race?

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Whether an article or blog is

Whether an article or blog is signed or not in no way affects the validity of the message. People seems to want to divert the message to the author name and ignore the message.

There are many reasons to remain anonymous.

Apollo
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Mike, I wouldn't call it a

Mike, I wouldn't call it a Tea Party takeover of the convention, it was a Ron Paul takeover of the convention. Two different things.

Mike Lange
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Two different things. You

Two different things.

You could have fooled me. The party platform reads like a Tea Party bible and delegates at the convention declined to adopt the new one.

zmogus
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I noticed that the voters of

I noticed that the voters of Hampden and Newburgh who likely know Andre Cushing better than the voters in any other towns in District 33 overwhelmingly supported Cushing despite his alleged improprieties.

Congrats, Rep. Cushing.

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Two people of impeccable

Two people of impeccable honor beloved by AMG readers -- Paul Davis and Doug Thomas -- are working hard to help Cushing's opponent Jim Emerson. As they have impecable character, that should tell you a lot about Cushing

My character has been questioned by one of these gentlemen, but I know I'm not part of the beloved crowd on AMG.

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