Maine House Republican drops party affiliation

Posted Dec. 17, 2009, at 3:18 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Minority Republicans in the Maine House have lost a member.

Rep. Jim Campbell of Newfield said Thursday he’s withdrawn from the Republican Party and will become the only legislator with no party affiliation. That leaves the House with 95 Democrats, 55 Republicans and one unenrolled or independent member. The Senate also is controlled by Democrats

Campbell said his move was a long time coming. He said he’s frustrated with the Republican Party in Maine and nationally for failing to address the health care crisis in a meaningful way.