During my race for Maine Senate, I had a side agreement with my opponent. I said, “Henry, if I win the election I will take you out to lunch.” He said, “I will do the same.” We even set a place and time. However, he failed to keep his word. I even told him in the future I will be available and he never made good on his promise. I call that a Lie.
Recently, our elected governor also lied. During the campaign, she said she would keep the abortion law the way it was in Maine. Now that she has been re-elected, she wants to expand it. According to the January 18, 2023 Maine Wire, Steven Robinson writes:
“Throughout last year, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills stated repeatedly in her debates with former Republican Gov. Paul LePage that she would not pursue changes to Maine’s abortion laws.
That campaign promise went up in flames this week: Mills has totally reversed her position on Maine’s abortion law
As the Maine House Republicans pointed out in a press release Tuesday, Mills said in the October 4, 2022, debate with LePage that she would not do what she just did.
When asked, “Would you support removing the current viability restriction in Maine’s law?” Mills said, “No, I support the current Maine law.”
On Tuesday, she said the law needs to change, and she specifically came out in favor of ending the viability restriction, a provision that has for 30 years prevented late-term abortions in Maine.”
Now, my fellow Mainers, that is a lie! Since my opponent, who is now the Senator of District 32, lied to me and the Governor of the State of Maine lied to us, I ask: are there any Democrats that are true to their word? Are all Democrats liars? If they lie to you during the campaign, how can we trust them to lead our State or be true to their word when in office?
Steven Robinson went on to write:
“At MainePublic.com, Steve Mistler’s report Tuesday afternoon didn’t mention Mills’ previous position on abortion at all.
The first Associated Press story, which was carried by WABI and several other news outlets, did not mention the flip flop.
The Press Herald report mentioned Mills’ previous position, but only in the form of a perfunctory quote of the Republican press release.
Michael Shepherd, writing in the Bangor Daily News, offered the most honest portrayal of them all, admitting the move is “somewhat of a reversal.”
Which is interesting, considering his story about Mills’ proposing major changes to abortion law happens to link to a piece he wrote during the campaign headlined: “Janet Mills wants no changes to Maine’s abortion laws.“
Maybe they all decided it’s not newsworthy when the top politician in a state says one thing, then does another. Or perhaps they’re afraid of the professional consequences they might suffer should they offend Mills or her staffers. But if the roles were reversed, and third term Gov. LePage was proposing abortion restrictions after campaigning, more or less, on the same position Mills took, I suspect these very reporters wouldn’t be so timid about calling a lie a lie.
So we also learn that the media is complicit with the lies of the Governor. Have they not read, “Thou shalt not bear false witness” (Exodus 20:16)? The command from God is: you are not to lie, in modern English.
So, friends, let us hold our politicians accountable. Let us not lie ourselves. Let us turn from our evil ways and return to God. That is our only hope for our State and our country. LET US MAKE AMERICA GODLY AGAIN!
Rev. David Corbett
2022 Maine Senate Candidate
District 32 (Biddeford, Arundel, Dayton, Lyman, Hollis)