Maine Democrats bounce 2 leaders

Posted July 26, 2008, at 12 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 28, 2011, at 12:09 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine -&nbspThe Maine Democratic Party is ousting two members of its executive committee for supporting an independent candidate for U.S. Senate instead of the party’ s nominee, Rep. Tom Allen.

Lu Bauer of Brunswick and David Bright of Dixmont have been ejected from their posts for supporting Herbert Hoffman, a former Democrat and now independent. Bright told Maine Public Radio he’ s surprised, but acknowledges he served at the pleasure of the state committee.

Democratic Executive Director Arden Manning says there were some issues about Bright’ s allegiance to Hoffman while Bright was sitting in on meetings in which party strategy might be discussed.

The party action comes in advance of a Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision Monday relating to the Senate race. A Superior Court judge blocked the Democrats from having Hoffman’ s name removed from the November ballot, and the party appealed.


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