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Comments for: Bangor residents call out state senator for ‘grievous infraction’ of campaign ethics, Farnham says it was clerical slip-up

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BANGOR, Maine — A group of Bangor residents has called for state Sen. Nichi Farnham, R-Bangor, to be held accountable for what they called “one of the most egregious campaign violations” in the history of Maine Legislative elections. The group took issue with the purchase of… Read More
  • JohnR

    Remember IOKIYAR.

  • Tyke

    Apparently she retroactively retired.

    • Anonymous

      Like Mitt Romney did from Bain. Lol

      • Anonymous

        Like Eliot Cutler did from Americans Elect.

  • Anonymous

    How about Bangor resident/ Former Democratic State Chair Gwethalyn Phillips? Phillips has alterior motives for bringing this up at this time…

    • Anonymous

       What is an alterior motive?

      • Anonymous

        Doing anything possible to make Farnum look bad before the election. Would YOU call a press conference for something like this or let the ethics commission do its job. Totally partisan. Try reading RJ’s comment. It’s a perfect explanation of what is going on…

        • Tyke

           Pssst – You might want to look that word up, you know –  the one Bangorian asked you about.

          • Anonymous

            Psst  you might want to find out what a creepy person Scott Ruffner is.

          • Tyke

            Why? What did I say that has ANYTHING to do with him?

          • Anonymous

            I know Scott Ruffner to be an honest, principled person. He is a person of character.

          • Anonymous

            Then you and I must know a different Scott Ruffner,  the one I know is a Realtor , a gigolo and a professional protester. 

          • Anonymous

            An “alterior” motive is repubspeak for “alternate,” as in “alternate reality,” where they reside.

        • Anonymous

          The public has every right to know about this.

          • Anonymous

            NO THEY DON’T…….. because the information will be twisted and distorted. The facts are not complete. The investigation is not done. People do not ned to know until an investigation and conclusion is reached. If you aren’t satisifed with that you “attack” the process and ask for re-consideration. YOU DON”T make accusations without proper procedural hearing. The media is not the place to “try” people for violations and/or crimes.  Explain to me why people need to know, right now, without fuill consideration ofl the facts? Is it because as a Society we have the mentality of we want it and we want it now?”

          • Anonymous

            Farnham has conceded the violation FACTS already.

            Her excuse given for the HUGE violation is that this was a clerical error.

            The public has every right to know about this.

          • Anonymous

            No they don’t. Not delivered in the manner in which it is being delivered. She did not conceed to violating the rules, she explained what happended. Whether you accept it or not does not make it so. Until the commission rules it is not the public’s businesss.

          • Anonymous

            “Until the commission rules it is not the public’s businesss.”

            Please cite the statute or regulation that provides for that.

            You can’t because there is none.

            You’re simply expressing how you think things should be and nothing more.

          • Anonymous

            tell me where there is a statute that expresses that the public has a right to know.

            I didn’t state or say there was a statute or regulation. You implied that. That is the problem I have, people imply. With rights come responsibilities.

          • Anonymous

            Excuse me. I acknowledged that you were simply saying how you would like things to be.

      • Anonymous

        Bangorian if you knew Scott Ruffner (maybe you do) you would know what a cad he is.

      • JohnR

         Look he had to spell it so Republicans could understand, so he mixed alternate universe where “R’s” live and ulterior motive which “R’s” don’t have a clue about,…….. and voila out comes alterior motive. LMAO!

        • Anonymous

           Got it – so it’s like Palin-esque folksy talk.

          • JohnR

             You’betcha wink wink. Gawd I almost miss Miss Ditsy, she actually made some sense compared to some of the posters here.

        • Anonymous

          The hypocrisy of you criticizing his one typo in a comment riddled with grammatical errors is almost beyond belief.  

    • Anonymous

      Oh Please and Scott Ruffner  Bangors own gigolo, talk about someone who is unethical.  That man has no shame.

      • Anonymous

        What is your problem with SR?…….

        • Anonymous

          Maybe there are some women you need to speak to out there?

    • Anonymous

      Pretty clear all the people involved in the press conference were ardent dems hoping to get democrats elected

  • Anonymous

    Phew! 25  Bangor residents, Huh? What a groundswell of self-righteous indignation. Don’t think we could handle any more.

    • Anonymous

      I bet most of the people there weren’t even from Bangor.

      • Anonymous

        Go to the casino if you want to bet, this is about Nichi Farnham’s lack of ethics and her dirty politics.

  • Anonymous

    As a Democrat and having talked to  Gratwick and one of his campaigners at different times and being told that they think that communism is their favored choice of government, I think I’ll pass..

    • Anonymous

      And so is Scott Ruffner.

    • Anonymous

      Gratwick is without a doubt the most left wing candidate you will see on your ballot

    • Anonymous

      Absolute delusional TeaPublican radical GARBAGE.  You are not taken anywhere near seriously.

      • Anonymous

        I had people with me both times and we just looked at each other in disbelief. They seem to be open about it. talk to them.

    • Anonymous

      Posts like this are fine examples of how rumors start.  Then again,I have to remember that rumors are the only information some have with them on voting day.

      • Anonymous

        Go to their campaign headquaters and listen to them. it might shock you.

    • Anonymous

      anyone can say anything and that’s exactly what you’re doing right now.

    • Anonymous

      It’s so easy to just say anything about anybody when you use “pushtheredbutton” as your name. Why don’t you sign your real name to that post? Oh…then you could be sued for libel. What a coward.

      • Anonymous

        I have a witness to it, so I won’t be sued for anything.

        • Anonymous

          yeah…ok red butt

  • Anonymous

    As stated before, Nichi Farnham is a woman of integrity and would not do anything illegal or unethical.
    The liberals want her out so they can have more chance of control in the Maine State Senate.
    Farnham or Gratwick on November 6?  I believe that Nichi Farnham is the obvious one to vote for.
    It is not disenfranchising anyone to take away the registering to vote on election day, nor to require voter ID when going to the polls–it is only common sense to present proper ID of who one is–it has to be done in other areas. It is the liberals who instituted the motor voter law and who want the illegals to vote, as well as those who are no longer with us.

    • Tyke

       She did break the campaign ethics rules though. The only open question is whether is was just a clerical error as she has stated or something else. The Ethics Commission will have to sort that out as best they can.

      • Anonymous

        No, if it was a clerical error the clerk broke the rules! There is a difference. she might be guilty of poor communication, but that is a lot diferent then being unethical.

        • Tyke

          So her defense is that she is incompetent (after all she chairs the committee overseeing the ethics rules). It is the responsibility of the PAC officer running for office to make sure all is in order and to file updated documents with the Ethics Commission. She of all people should know that.
          .
          But if you want to go with the “she’s incompetent” defense – OK. I can buy that.
          .
          btw: What ever happened to expecting at least a modicum of personal responsibility from public officials?

    • Anonymous

      No one in Bangor should listen to anything Scott Ruffner says.  The guy wrote the book on how to be unethical.

      • Anonymous

        This is about Nichi Farnham’s lack of ethics.

        Pay attention.

    • Anonymous

      During her last campaign she ran the most negative campaign that I have ever seen. It worked and she is going even more negative this time. In addition she is violating campaign rules. How can you call her a person of integrity?

      • Anonymous

        losers usually are mad at their opponent….

    • Anonymous

       Well stated, except that she appears to have done something unethical.  That’s where your logic starts to break down.

  • Anonymous

    As the election draws closer, we keep getting little glimpses of how Ms. Farnham conducts herself.  Last week at the School Committee meeting she shared her view of leadership – explaining that the role of an elected official is to learn their place, not ask questions and get behind the establishment.  Not exactly breath taking leadership, but it certainly gives us an idea of how much independent thought to expect from her if she lands in Augusta.

    Now this –   I haven’t heard her disavow the trashy, low-ball advertisements that are being run on her behalf, but she sure was quick to cast this whole scandal off as some innocent mistake (made of course by someone else). When you sling mud, you shouldn’t expect to get the benefit of the doubt when you’re found digging in it.

    Surely Bangor can do better than this.

    • Anonymous

      Not really.

    • Anonymous

      Been working for President Obama & Vice President Biden on the deaths in Libya so what’s the difference?

    • Anonymous

      I doubt that is wht she said, that is what you heard. Look I don’t even support her, but stop this crap. Focus on the issues and what you are going to do to solve them.

    • Anonymous

      OK-gee, since I wasn’t there I guess I’ll just trust you to accurately paraphrase since you’re obviously a completely unbiased reporter. You should apply for a job at the BDN (unless you already work there).

  • Anonymous

    This is the same Nichi Farnham who voted to end election day registration and pushed hard for a draconian voter ID bill that would have mostly disenfranchised likely Democatic voters.  I’m tired of seeing her game the system.  This is no way to run a race.

    • Voter ID does seem to get in the way of Democrats efforts to vote early and often.

      • Anonymous

        Bush II’s Justice Department, for eight years, tried to find a single voter fraud case to prosecute and came up dry.  Charlie Summers and Charlie Webster tried for two years to find a single case of voter fraud and came up dry.  
          Your solution is to believe in a mirage.  The last documented case of voter fraud I heard about was an Indiana Republican politician who falsely claimed to live in a house (and a district) he hadn’t occupied for years.  Bush I, to avoid Maine income taxes, claimed a Houston hotel room as his residence for his entire time in Washington as VP and President.  
          I have given you two specific examples of voter fraud by Republicans.  Please give me a single example of voter fraud by a Democrat.  The constant claim of voter fraud is, itself, fraudulent and Nichi Farnham knows it.

        • Anonymous

          um…. acorn…an arm of the democrats…..giving people the resources to vote twice and vote often and register people who have no interest in voting…and paying people to do it..

          • Anonymous

            ahem…. Nathan Sproul and Strategic Allied Consulting anyone… Google it. the GOP loves to project their own mischievous activities onto others.

          • Anonymous

            This is the stuff you read (below) on Strategic Allied Consulting (taken from a popular journalist in speculative, black helicopter issues) People that read and distribute this as truth absolutley deserve the Democratic party, and I would not even talk you out of it….OccupyWalkersPoint, you have been seriously ‘propaganderized”…i just butchered that word for fun….Your belief in this kind of Clancy/Carville/Carney type hit writing means you all deserve each other. You are within the .005% who actually believe this to contain truth and are unreachable by the electorate…..have a great afternoon…

            Voter suppression comes in many forms and from many branches of the Republican Party. Nathan Sproul’s company du jour was busy registering Republicans while destroying Democrats’ registration forms and Republican controlled legislatures passed voter ID laws and fired election officials who dared to challenge their edits.
            Corporate bosses, like David Siegel, did their share by not so subtly threatening their employees jobs if the employees don’t vote Romney.
            Indeed, the GOP has worked hard to suppress the vote, even in one case, looking to the Supreme Court.

        • Anonymous

          Wow, you just gave one example without names you could have completely made up and another that has to do with taxes, not voter fraud. You sure busted the conspiracy wide open. Keep up the good work, Matlock.

          Meanwhile, here’s a Democratic Congressional candidate who was caught voting twice and had to drop out: http://www.marylandjuice.com/2012/09/cd1-omg-rep-andy-harris-opponent-drops.html

      • Guest

        Republicans have been crying voter fraud for too long without proving it exists in mass quantity.
        The biggest voter fraud was committed by the republicans in the 2000 election.

        • Anonymous

          sniff….sniff…..

          • Guest

            = 86’d =

        • Anonymous

          Sniff sniff, boo hooo. You lost in 2000. Because you lost the game was unfair. Maybe everyone that runs should be elected, you know like in Little League; everyone gets a trophy for participating!

          That is like the phrase “level playing field” when referencing China and their theft of American trade secrets. I’m tired of the Democratic non-sense that everything has to be equal. If the field is unequal we find the advantage and prevail. I think Democrats have spent too much time with the “play in the sandbox well” life lesson.

          • Guest

            = 86’d =

          • Anonymous

            you know, your response made me think. I’m sick and tired of this unproductive bull crap from all parties. It is unproductive and a waste of time. I want someone, candidate or party that focuses on the issues and finds solutions. I’m sick of the media reporting drama because it sells. If the media would only report FACTS it would be a start. I’m sick of people’s realities becoming the “norm”. All politicians say the wrong things, have done the wrong things. Lets start looking at track records as it applies to solving problems. I”m sick and tired of mudslinging. If God would send a candidate who ignored everyone’s bull crap mudslinging I would vote for them just for that!

          • Anonymous

            You dont need to look any farther than the current Republicans in the House and Senate….They have certainly filled what your expectations are ofr a party that focuses on issues and finds solutions….now go buy the Maine State snack and have a great afternnon

          • Anonymous

            and you’re doing the same thing. This is the “stuff” that makes me vomit. Somehow you think the Democrats are better. Listen up, your political party does not matter.  all have made ignorant choices. To proclaim jacass is bettern then the donkey is unproductive.  Pick out the best of all the parties and toss the rest aside. You might have something. Make tem just Senators, Governs, or Presidents with no “party” and you might get something done!

          • Anonymous

            No, I think the Republicans have more than fulfilled what your expectation are in a party…if you choose to look closely at those, that is your choice.

            If you pray for a miracle and you get it but its not the one you wanted, you still happy?

      • Anonymous

        Prove it.

    • Anonymous

      insert snicker here…”Draconian Voter ID Bill”…..boy I wish I could have recieved royalties for every time a democrat used that word…

    • Anonymous

      lol….game the system, that is what it has come to. If you don’t game the system how are you to survive. Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party or whatever. It doesn’tmatter, YOU are ALL the same, systems players who take pride in pointing out flaws.

  • Anonymous

    Is that Charlie Longo in the background?  Aren’t city councilors supposed to stay out of partisan politics?

    • Anonymous

      Charlie likes to be on camera. he is probably disappointed he didn’t get to stand up front with her

  • Why would Senator Farnham need to be a “placeholder” on this PAC as the decision maker along with Senator Saviello originally on filings that now list only Senator Saviello as the decision maker? It seems a strange coincidence that Senator Farnham claims to have left the PAC  just in time prior to her PAC partner, Senator Saviello, spending $73,000 on negative attack ads against her opponent on her behalf. 

    “Coincidence is the word we use when we can’t see the levers and pulleys.” – Emma Bull

    • Anonymous

      or when you see the levers and pullys but think something is still amiss…because you are a fulcrum lover….

  • Anonymous

    This looks like the 10-15  liberal activists that loiter outside the federal building looking for a tv camera to promote their liberal agenda. Laughable!

    • Anonymous

      excellent image!

  • Anonymous

    This is what you do when the message you have to offer is one that people do not agree with or want to follow.  Lets just say that the good Dr would not in any way represent the majority of voters in the district.  We you can’t beat your opponent on policy and message you attack anything you can to disparage them.  On a different note if the rules made sense and the people who want to support a candidate could with out any rules this would not be an issue, she should be able to take money from anyone regardless, people should be able to do what ever they want with it.

    • Tyke

       Or, conversely, if you want to win HONESTLY you do NOT flagrantly violate ethics laws in your campaign.
      .
       So you are really arguing that your candidate should be able to violate election laws? wow

      • Anonymous

        Only a complete uninformed citizen would believe she ‘flagrantly’ would violate the law in this manner. With like two clicks you could find out Senator Farham is absolutely right….but, most wont click cause it doesnt fit into the democrats ‘If your getting your tail handed to you, then destroy them personally’ campaign strategy…

  • Anonymous

    Have you ever heard a politician caught with their hand in the cookie jar say anything other than ”  it was  mistake and these attacks are politically motivated”?

    Rob blagojevich ring a bell? He said it.  now serving 14 years
    Marion Berry- mayor of DC said it when they had him on video smoking crack with a hooker
    By now, nobody should believe it.  THE REAL ETHICS VIOLATION IS USING THE SAME OLD TIRED EXCUSES FOR MISCONDUCT.

  • East of Chamberlain Lake in th

    People who live in glass houses should never, ever throw stones…..

    • Anonymous

      its been replaced with plexi……for democrats…..

  • Anonymous

    Phillips is a Democratic Party hack. Residents my but… Democrats first residents second. 

  • Anonymous

    soccer mom goes above the law…..  

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, but I’m not buying Farnham’s explanation. Who allows herself to be listed as an officer if you have nothing to do with the group?

    • Tyke

      Mitt Romney.

    • Anonymous

      There were literally tens of people on both sides of the isle that filed as a placeholder in a rep or dem house or senate seat, until the party could find a full time, committed, appropriate candidate. This is how it is done…for both parties….for many, many years…..

      In order to create, start or maintain these PACS…pssst, which both parties do…..you have to create a masthead by a certain reporting date. Its no more complicated than that, and this group of political gumshoes know it…

      • Anonymous

        keep telling yourself that

        • Anonymous

          I teach my kids to keep telling themselves the truth, that way you wont be as apt to stray from it…..better find your compass, you ‘b lost….

  • Anonymous

    Dr. Gratwick has an Ethics violation as well, where is the story about that?

    • Anonymous

      What’s that violation? Not trying to be difficult, I’m just not aware of it. 

    • Anonymous

      Well why don’t you give us a link?

    • Anonymous

      Prove it.

  • Anonymous

    If you can’t beat em’ throw mud at them. Sen. Farnham has done a great job in Augusta. 

  • Anonymous

    I expect to see a similar headline and placement when the BDN runs the story on Democrat legisvermin for life John Martin’s illegal spending of clean election money on a business he owned in direct violation of clean election financing laws.

  • I don’t often openly call out members of the news media, but I will do so here:

    It is inexcusable that a story about Nichi Farnham and the Maine Senate Republican Majority PAC fails to mention the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC). For those that have not heard of the RSLC, which evidently includes Matt Stone and his editors at the Bangor Daily News, a primer:

    A week before the 2010 general election, the RSLC spent nearly $400,000 trying to elect five Republican candidates to the Maine Senate. All five of those won their races – one of those was Nichi Farnham.

    As was reported in the Bangor Daily News, the RSLC was later found to have violated Maine election law, and fined the largest amount in Maine history, $26,000.

    Fast forward two years, and the PAC that until recently had Sen. Farnham listed as a “Principal Officer” just received a $220,000 contribution from – wait now – the RSCL. And it wasn’t like this was a secret – it was reported last week.

    • Anonymous

       So are you going to support Dill or what?

      • Anonymous

        He’s already being paid by the King campaign not to support Dill.

    • Anonymous

      Poor GW. a spoiled angry citizen who didnt get his electoral way

    • Anonymous

      Psshaw. You do that all the time.

      DISCLOSURE: Gerald works for Angus King, who has been accused of violating Maine election law along with his cronies. How much is Angus paying you to not blog negative things about him, Gerald? What does that go for these days?

  • Anonymous

    I know Nichi Farnham, she is a good and honorable person –these are the same folks who tried to get her thrown off the ballot in April and whose claims were thrown out as baseless–amazing these days that you can accuse–get press–lie–then when the claims are found to be baseless are no where to be found–pretty sad actually.

    • Anonymous

      The “good and honorable person” who throws the values of her district under the bus each and every time she presents herself and some nicey nice “moderate” then goes to Augusta and kisses LeBUFFOON’s toenails with 92% of her votes.  She does not represent the values of the district, and she needs to be replaced.

      • “kisses LeBUFFOON’s toenails with 92% of her votes”  Having actually done roll call analysis on the 125, I’m calling you out for your biased opinion likely having absolutely no basis in the actual numbers.

      • Anonymous

         And, in addition, she doesn’t even know how to spell “Nicki” — have been calling her “Nitchey” for years!

    • Anonymous

      I know her too.

      She is not a good or honorable person.

      Go ahead though, put the lipstick on a pig.

      • Anonymous

        We know who the pig is, when someone would say those things about someone who has integrity and honor…..I can understand the misidentification when the democratic party doesn’t even know what those traits look like…

        • Anonymous

          Who is this “we” you speak of; do you have more than 1 personality or am I speaking to a group here?

          • Anonymous

            his alter ego, it’s the mouse in his pocket.

  • Anonymous

    Love how you conveniently leave out the half million the democratic committee is giving to the Maine Senate democrats…

    • Anonymous

      This story is about illegal campaign donations.

      • Anonymous

        Shh-skibum’s using the old Repugnantcan diversion tactic.  We weren’t supposed to notice, but part of being informed and intelligent is the ability to see through bull.

  • Anonymous

    Beware of those who claim to be independent but then throw names at one side of an issue.  Reminds me of a friend who “always votes the candidate, never the party”, but has never voted for a Democrat.
     
    Even if what Ms. Farnham says is true, pulling the old switcheroo smells pretty bad to me.  In this case it seems she tried to pull the switcheroo but forgot to follow through in the maneuver.

    She wants us to believe she just fell off of the turnip truck. Does that sound like a good reason to vote for her?

    • Anonymous

      Golly gee, I thought you were talking about Angus King for a minute. Silly me.

      • Anonymous

        I thought he was talking about the people holding the press conference. I notice the journalistic geniuses at the BDN didn’t consider it worthwhile to check into their political background at all, or give us an actual number of people who were there, or list the names of the other people who were there. I doubt this was organized at the grassroots level spontaneously.

  • HowdyNeighbor

    Geoffrey Gratwick, as a member of Bangor’s city council, voted to allow the worst sex offenders (those who have sexually assaulted a child under the age of 14), live anywhere they want, including next to parks and schools. That’s right! He voted AGAINST residency restrictions for the worst of the worst child sex predators. I wouldn’t trust him to make laws to protect my children!! Nichi Farnham would have voted to protect our children, not to allow convicted child rapists to watch them on the playground or on their way to and from school.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see if she gets that big whopping $200  ethics fine-and then appeals it.

  • Anonymous

     If Mr. Gratwick is your patient,then why is this not a HIPPA violation?And I know protest is the cornerstone of our democracy.Scaring children indeed!

    • Joe

      RJ, is the patient.   He/She can talk about it all they want.  Once again Demonrats, shooting the messenger.

      • Anonymous

        That wasn’t explained as such.How do you know that?

        • Anonymous

          Because he reads between the lines.  You know, the lines that keep changing. 

  • Conley Raye

    Clerical error, oh sure and it was not noticed. We need new people not ones who want a career and I’m an independent as I wish they all were. Ethics need to be on the forefront of everything, please. Next article, Now a new analysis of taxpayer-funded campaigns and expenditures has turned up a new series of questionable expenses – all from John Martin, one of the most famous and longest serving Democratic politicians in Maine. Out he needs to go too until we get honest people in.

    • Clerical error is A  way out if getting caught ripping people off in business . Just pay up and it never goes to court.  It happens way more than you will ever know.

  • Anonymous

    Ruffner–ethics?????!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Can she Run from this?

  • Anonymous

    Whats good for the goose is good for the gander-never heard a peep about this. 
    John Martin’s “Clean”Elections “Dirty” Secret?
     
    State Legislator has spent more than $8,500 in so-called “Clean”
    taxpayer election funds at bankrupt convenience store he co-owns   

    Taxpayer
    funding of elections has become a flashpoint in Maine.  Multiple
    lawmakers have been tripped up by the rules regarding election funding
    and the use of tax money to pay for campaigns under “clean” elections
    laws.
     
    Now
    a new analysis of taxpayer-funded campaigns and expenditures has
    turned up a new series of questionable expenses – all from John Martin,
    one of the most famous and longest serving
    Democratic politicians in Maine.

     

  • Anonymous

    This seems pretty cut and dry. 

    • Anonymous

      “…shortly after filing paperwork to run for re-election — but only as “a placeholder” because others in the party were being termed out. She was supposed to be replaced quickly by someone else, but that didn’t happen.”

      I think this means she doesn’t really want the office but they couldn’t find anyone else to replace her on the ballot?

      Am I right?  Or am I reading this wrong?

      • Anonymous

        Well, it’s not an office, and she wasn’t being replaced on any ballot. Other than that you’re totally right.

  • Washington County

    Go Nichi. You already have my vote.

    • Anonymous

      She’s going alright. Dump these Teabullies!

  • Anonymous

    Another reason to vote the rest of the dems out of Augusta for good.Can you say witch hunt.

  • I use to work for a Man who Bragged to us who work for him I should Overcharge the Man $1,500 for work we did not do he will never know. When ask by the client I told the truth and then confronted my boss. He said you tell him too come talk to me It was a clerical era I will make it right.  The man was so mad he Said I know the man is  a thief If I do I will go to jail probably end up in jail for a fight. My boss never did make it right with the Man.  I was laid off for making waves . This man is a thief in my opinion but will never get all on it. It happens more than people will know. Most the time the customer will just pay.  By all rights moral the man should be in jail . I refuse to work for someone like that . Was not the first job I was fired or quit because moral issues .

  • Anonymous

    election day is too close. no time to investigate,can’t wait for an ethics panel. she must be guilty,30 people coming out of the woodwork all at once for a press conference,that usually takes some kind of planning. must be a coincidence.

    • Anonymous

      Sort of like in front of the Federal Building on Harlow St.

  • Anonymous

    You may be a “true independent” but Nicki is a True Member
    of the Tea Party and needs to be replaced.

  • Anonymous

    Just neighbors helping neighbors……..come on wait until the commission rules.. this appears to be more like a vigilantist effort of the Maine Dems? 

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps consider it as s small token that begins to counter the massive Republican voter fraud propaganda. 

      • Anonymous

        Yes, 80% of Maine citizens voted AGAINST democratic ideology……you are absolutly right…I see the Repbulican Voter Fraud Propaganda machine humming along nicely…..your intuition is excellent….

        • Anonymous

          don’t be so small minded, Republican voter suppression is nation wide. I hope your’re ready for the pay back lol.

    • Anonymous

      Vigilantism?
      Poppycock!

      Just what law are you saying the Democrats are taking into their own hands?

      You might want to learn the definition of a word before you attempt to use it.

  • Anonymous

    A fellow comrade is always more desirable for the people’s struggle against the evils of capitalism.

  • Anonymous

    Republicans are above the law.

    Throw the bums out.

    Yessah

  • Anonymous

    Clerical error Nichi Farnham?

    Who is the “clerk” who made the error?

    Let’s hear the “clerk’s” story.

    $73 grand just found its way into negative ads against your opponent, the honorable Mr. Gratwick?

    Your story reeks … stinkypoo smelly and doesn’t pass the straight face test.

    • Anonymous

      Go back and read the other articles on this. We’ve already heard that. He was quoted as part of the very first article on this issue. Try and pay attention.

      • Anonymous

        I am commenting on this article.

        This article does not identify the clerk.

        Do you have a link to the article that identifies the clerk?

  • Anonymous

    Just a quick recap…so I understand the fallacy of the ‘outrage’ of this group…..the Maine Turnpike Authority Director takes hundreds of thousands of dollars of TAXPAYER money and creates a travel slush fund for international travel, with all the perks, while those paying the tolls are busting their humps to provide for thier family….and this group says what to the Director (insert crickets here)….
    Maine State Housing spends TAXPAYER money on whatever IT wanted, not the thousands who are waiting on a list for housing (Which Ms. Kelly pictured in the background knows all about how Maine Housing works and the needs of affordable housing) and this group says what to Director McCormick publicly? (insert crickets here)…

    Bangor and Hermon citizens know the heart of Senator Farnham, so you can croak all you want, as your ‘noise’ is very incincere and transparent. It is YOUR group who is spinning some political yarn, under the guise of taxpayer outrage….this was private money. Maybe you and all your community gumshoes should focus a little more on your parties financial shananigans…..thats were the real outrage is (which is why Senator Farnham will be relected)….
    By the way, I didnt see anywhere in your story that said that the ads were saying anything false…. 

    • Anonymous

      Your argument holds no water.

      This story is about ethics in the election and breaking the law by “clean” elections candidate Nichi Farnham.

      Save your apples for the apples argument this is about the oranges.

      Private money? What’s your point?

      • Anonymous

        Clearly these gumshoes have the ability to track down a single clerical error buried somewhere (good for them this is what citizens who are engaged do)….but they only become engaged when it is the other party….or as Senator Farnham prepares to hand them their hat…notwithstanding the clerical error, where is the evidence she was the PAC’s ‘primary fundraiser’ as this person stated?…Where is the evidence she was the “Primary decision maker”…..Look Dr. Taxes is getting the recognition he rightly deserves and as stated before, no one is saying that the facts of the ad are incorrect. It was a nice catch on this groups part (State Democratic party Scooped or the Maine Dem party used this group as a front) but it was clearly an error on the PAC….does you party have any one who could stand a test like this based solely on thier integrity? Bangor and Hermon does…..

  • Anonymous

    The Demos  should remain quiet and let the Commission do its work. The press release is just a way to legally slander Farnham. Once you’re in the media you’re already convicted. It is one way in which to get an unwanted candidate out of offfice.

    Political leadership needs to focus on what they are going to do with the problems and spend less time trying to figure out the most dirt.  It is time for politicans and political parties to tell us what they are going to do to solve problems. If focus was here, instead of finding faults with your opponents in order to win election we might actual get something done.

  • Anonymous

    Sleazy…more desperate acts by the Republicans!

    • Anonymous

      um…80% of Maine citizens voted AGAINST democrats last election….psst, I think we know who is desperate….clerical errors and trying to destroy good people with character and intergity……smart, smart strategy there…..That Ben Grant is pure genius, i’d follow him right to the cliffs edge if I were you….

  • Anonymous

    Farnham is just another Tea Republican CROOK. I just can’t believe how Corrupt the Maine Republican Party is. She must take her orders from Lyin Ryan and Flip the Liar Romney.

    • Anonymous

      oohh, we have a thespian….

      • Anonymous

        The bad actor here is Nichi Farnham, Republican Teabully.

        • Anonymous

          Nice…I’ll get the t-shirt presses rolling…

          • Anonymous

            Be certain to get them from Bergs sportswear in Corina Maine. Howie Carr’s conservative friend who was arrested and charged with growing marijuana by the ton in Washington County.

            I’m sure he can use the money.

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me or does it seem that the republicans have more crooks getting caught in scandles and shady dealings lately 

    • Anonymous

      It’s not just you.

      • Anonymous

        It is both of you. You tell your freinds, “hey, I read that…..”
        Fact is, you write it down, then you read it…..its a pretty easy gig…no thinking needed….

        Maine has a 30% welfare population, an 80% graduation rate, Turnpike Authority and Maine State Housing run like a Zumba convention, and what do you guys do…….clerical error on advertising….that doesn’t say ANYTHING thats not true……

        The Republican Party is going to leave the Democratic Party in the dust if you guys dont grow up….You going to wake up one day soon, looking a Republican supermajority in the face and cry all the way to market….Maine citizens deserve good governance, and they will find it where it exists….

        You guys are regular Columbo’s…..

        • Anonymous

          Um, BTW, what name did you used to post here under before they threw you off the website?

        • Anonymous

          okay you keep telling yourself that

  • Anonymous

    Party hack  Gwethalyn Phillips is upset.  Why didn’t  she protest former Governor Baldacci’s poor performance during his tenure in office, he was never one to miss a photo op and didn’t do much to face the budget crisis. 

  • Anonymous

    ROMNEY / RYAN  2012  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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