The roster of Republicans in the state of Maine is now thirteen members shorter as representatives from across the state threw in the towel and walked away from their former party in disgust.
Citing longtime differences and diversions the individuals of conscience include Mark Willis, a member of the Republican National Committee, and six members of the Maine Republican State Committee; Russell Montgomery, Olga LaPlante, Gregory Hodge, Violet Willis, Ann-Marie Grenier, Thomas Barry.
In a terse, and often sarcastic, 1,000 word letter, which upon delivery terminated not only their party membership but also any public offices they might have held, the fleeing republicans took to task both national and local party members calling Speaker of The House John Boehner's leadership 'cowardly':
The House Republican leadership’s utter disdain for the United States Constitution, specifically the 4th Amendment, was on full display as they worked overtime to kill the Amash Amendment which would have gone a long way toward constraining the NSA to the boundaries of the Constitution and seriously curbed their ability to conduct mass surveillance of Americans. Be it known that we cannot and will not support nor defend these actions.
For Republicans in the U.S.senate the thirteen defectors declared:
In the United States Senate, we see Republicans all too willing to pass unconstitutional bills related to subjects such as the Internet Sales Tax and Immigration.
Apparently the final straw, in a litany of straws reported locally by bangordailynews.com, shows that many quit over a raw milk ban. This little known legislation outside of rural Maine was called LD 1282 and officially was known as "An Act To Help Small Farmers in Selling Raw Milk and Homemade Food Products." This bill was eventually vetoed and forced this altercation:
We want our God-given rights to buy, sell and consume what we want protected by the law – not restricted by FDA or USDA directives. These actions we cannot explain nor defend in good faith – the Republican Party has lost it’s way.
Therefore, for the above-stated reasons, we can no longer allow ourselves to be called nor enrolled as Republicans; we can no longer associate ourselves with a political party that goes out of its way to continually restrict our freedoms and liberties as well as reaching deeper and deeper into our wallets.
With that final defiant statement the GOP of Maine finds itself at a crossroads, and it is unlikely that this will be the last case of rogue members defecting because of incompatible ideology.
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