Cutler’s attorney pointed finger at website creators

Posted Jan. 06, 2011, at 4:36 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 06, 2011, at 5:34 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The attorney for unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler suggested months ago that political consultant Dennis Bailey, unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rosa Scarcelli and her husband were the authors of an anonymous website that aimed to trash Cutler during his campaign.

In a memo last fall to the executive director of Maine’s ethics commission, Dick Spencer wrote that the commission should interview Bailey and Scarcelli’s husband, Thom Rhoads, to determine who owned the Cutler Files website.

The memo was among 49 documents and 163 e-mails the commission released this week in response to a Freedom of Access request from the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

The commission has not publicly identified the website’s authors. Bailey has acknowledged his role, but Rhoads and Scarcelli have denied involvement.