PORTLAND, Maine — In the last debate of the 2018 Maine gubernatorial race, Democrat Janet Mills looked to sow doubt among women about Republican Shawn Moody, while he asked her to apologize for an attack ad, and independent Terry Hayes defended her often-reproached run.
The three candidates in the race to replace Gov. Paul LePage — whose eventful tenure hangs over the race on policy and politics — had their liveliest debate of the cycle on Thursday as they looked to make their final cases to Maine voters ahead of Tuesday’s election.
More than a dozen previous debates have been marked largely by cordiality. That changed on Thursday at a debate hosted by WGME and the Bangor Daily News amid a week of escalating attacks in TV ads between the party candidates and their allies.
For the first time in the campaign, Mills, the attorney general, mentioned a 2006 settlement between Moody’s eponymous collision center chain and a former employee. The employee alleged he fired her while she was on maternity leave because he doubted she could “do the job” with a baby. Moody has denied the claim, repeatedly saying he cannot share details because of a nondisclosure agreement related to a court settlement with the woman.
Michael Shepherd joined the Bangor Daily News in 2015 after three years as a reporter at the Kennebec Journal. A Hallowell native who now lives in Augusta, he graduated from the University of Maine in...
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