BDN reports “A Northport couple has sued employees of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew, as a successor to former Commissioner Brenda Harvey, and department employees Debra Potter, Claudia Kjer, Martin Smith and Christine Theriault in August in U.S. District Court. The state has until Jan. 12 to reply to the complaint. In addition to state officials, the couple sued former Waldo County Sheriff Bryant White and Bob Tiner, a Waldo County Sheriff’s Department employee. Joseph Baldacci, Bangor attorney represents them” (the couple).

I find this quite interesting that former Governor John Baldacci’s brother is the attorney representing the couple. Governor Paul LePage is attempting to reform the mess in DHS made by the Baldacci administration. Requests for help/investigation into elder abuse and evidence of Medicaid fraud were brushed under the rug. A first request for help was to Senator George Mitchell who stated to get a good attorney, turned and walked away.

Related, “the most connected and potentially conflicted political clan of all: the Mitchell-Baldacci family.”

Also view:

Letter to Congressman John Baldacci, January 15, 2002

Letter to US Senator Susan Collins, Jan. 11, 2001

US Senator Susan Collins letter to P. Castora, January 18, 2001

Letter to Dr. David Satcher, Acting Secretary, January 23, 2001

State finds $37 million DHS snafu, PPH September 17, 2003

As Governor LePage revamps the DHS, it’s imperative that he dismiss the “problem” people left over from the Baldacci administration.

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