June 18, 2018
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Decency and decorum in short supply among 3 elected officials

Renee Ordway
By Renee Ordway, Special to the BDN

Last week I accused Bangor City Councilor Charlie Longo of being amateurish for calling our governor a lush during a recent city council meeting.

He needs an intervention, I asserted. Someone to show him the way.

Six days later our fine governor stepped right up to the plate — or should I say the microphone — and showed Longo how it’s really done.

How a man does it.

I mean if you’re going to do it, boys, do it big and mean with bulging, angry eyes — and of course do it for the betterment and in the name of all of us, your constituents.

Call your opponent brainless, use vulgar, sexual references and insult an entire industry of hard workers.

That’s the way it’s done, son.

Of course that’s if Longo is looking to the south. If he faces east he could take some lessons from Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith who likes to do his name calling late at night from the safety of his house through misspelled emails.

Seriously Donnie, buy yourself a dictionary, because it would appear your spelling and sentence construction is so poor that even computerized grammar and spell check programs can’t keep up.

His latest midnight rant was sent last month to the Washington County Board of Visitors, Washington County legislators, the chairman of the county commissioners and the Washington County district attorney.

He complained about having to release domestic violence offenders early because the judge in the county liked to go home by 1 p.m. and lots of other things that he felt compelled to get off his chest in the wee hours of the morning.

Smith is serving his second term as sheriff of Washington County and won re-election quite handily.

He’s no nonsense, his supporters say. He tells it like it is.

“He’s straight up,” said one Washington County resident.

During a recent story about the man dubbed “ Maine’s most controversial law enforcement officer,” Smith admits he’s made mistakes and would do some things differently, but then adds, “Am I sorry? No. Am I going to apologize? No because I’ve yet to be wrong.”

Hmmmm… I’m sensing some similarities here.

On Friday, as people here and around the country chewed on LePage’s vulgar statement about Senate Assistant Majority Leader Troy Jackson, suggesting the Aroostook County Democrat was sticking it to the people of the State of Maine without the use of Vaseline, our governor announced he is considering a run for Congress in 2014, for the seat expected to be vacated by Mike Michaud who plans to run for governor.

Hell’s bells!

So Smith’s term as sheriff is up in 2014 and he hasn’t indicated whether he plans to run again and LePage’s term as our governor is up in 2014 and who knows what the heck he may do.

I’m thinking LePage goes to Washington where he can give Obama hell, Smith goes to Augusta as our new straight-talkin’ governor and maybe Longo heads to the legislative chamber where he can tap on his microphone and make “respectful” allegations to his heart’s content having learned how it’s really done by men who “tell it like it is” and are so clearly loved for it.

Decency and decorum be damned.

It would appear they are no longer necessary in Maine politics.

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