PORTLAND, Maine — The Democratic lawmaker who was publicly castigated for a Facebook post implying he’d hurt President Donald Trump appears to have also paid a private price for the comments.
Rep. Scott Hamann of South Portland resigned last week from his job as a project manager with the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, according to Nicole Nadeau, human resources manager for the food bank.
Nadeau said the organization’s staff appreciated Hamann’s time and work fighting hunger in Maine but declined to explain the reasons for his resignation, which came the same week the 36-year-old lawmaker gave a lengthy apology on the floor of the Maine House of Representatives for his “vulgar and disrespectful” comments about Trump.
Earlier this month, Hamann wrote on Facebook that Trump is likely to serve an abbreviated term in office “especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that pussy.” The comments drew national media attention and bipartisan condemnation.
And although they were meant as satire, Hamann told the Bangor Daily News the comments also attracted unwanted attention to his employer.
“Since Trump supporters from around the country were making threatening calls to the food bank to harass them into firing me over my satirical Facebook comment, it felt appropriate to spare my coworkers and an organization I love any more hassle,” he said.
Hamann praised Good Shepherd and said it was the right time to pursue another job, as he recently completed a master’s degree of business administration.
In his third term, Hamann has stayed on as a lawmaker but House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, kicked him off two legislative committees as punishment for the comments. She filled the resulting openings with other Democrats, maintaining the partisan balance of the committees.
In apologizing for the Facebook remarks, Hamann said they were meant to highlight the degeneration of American political discourse and challenge a childhood friend for using similar language.
“I sounded like a jerk,” Hamann said. “That was my point. It was satire.”
This story was updated to include comment from Scott Hamann.