BDN reports “Split Legislature creates uncertain re-election path for Democrats in Maine constitutional offices.”
Matt Dunlap, another former Democratic lawmaker, was secretary of state from 2005 to 2011 and from 2013 through the present. Dunlap is running for re-election but faces a challenge from former Republican Sen. Jonathan Courtney of Springvale.
Courtney served one term in the House and four terms in the Senate — including one as Senate majority leader — before being termed out of office in 2012. He was the Republican nominee for the 1st Congressional District that year, but he lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree.
Dunlap said he doesn’t see the secretary of state as a partisan position and hopes that lawmakers recognize he hasn’t operated that way.
“I have the track record to continue,” said Dunlap.”
“The Department of the Secretary of State touches the lives of virtually every Maine resident. From safeguarding the original Maine State Constitution and preserving millions of precious historic documents, to conducting state elections….and takes its responsibilities in the area of elections and civic education very seriously.”
Let’s examine if Mr. Dunlap has the “track record to continue.”
Through personal experiences, the Secretary of State most certainly appears as a partisan position and documented evidence reveals a less than poor job performance within various divisions of this office. At this time we will focus on elections.
Secretary Dunlap speaks of “the qualities of fairness, experience, knowledge, integrity and efficiency of the election process”, yet dismissed/ignored election law violations and refused to investigate the City of Biddeford’s election fraud in 2004. The 1)premature opening of absentee ballots and 2)the failure of the Post Office to mail first-class campaign flyers are state and federal violations of law, a matter of public trust and interest and warranted a full investigation into the City of Biddeford. The general public had not heard about this as the media refused to report on this, unlike the recent reporting on the ballot recount in the Falmouth-area election. “Dunlap said a major swing in the recount happened when a bundle of 25 ballots from Long Island that were not counted on election night were discovered and other ballots that can’t be accounted for that have suddenly appeared.” BDN reports “Given the tight margin in the recount, these 21 untraceable ballots made the difference in deciding the winner. Efforts by the Bangor Daily News to obtain a copy of the voter manifest are ongoing, as both the Maine secretary of state’s office and the town of Long Island claim the list is in the other’s possession. The recount on Nov. 18 and Monday’s document review were both overseen by Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn. Efforts this week to contact Flynn and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap have been unsuccessful. Democrats feel burned by the fact that the GOP would not allow any additional investigation, and they say the senators must use all resources at their disposal to determine where the 21 Long Island ballots came from and pledge to explore all legal options available to ensure there was no voter fraud in Senate District 25.”
Now that the shoe is on the other foot…the Democrats cry “foul.”
Why didn’t the Democrats “say the senators must use all resources at their disposal” with the fraudulent election in Biddeford?
On the other hand, Republicans are not exempt from another “selective” process within this state. Former Republican Sen. Jonathan Courtney was presented with the documented evidence of crimes, attached in this post, and brushed aside. With his failure to act on criminal activity, will he maintain the same “qualities of fairness, experience, knowledge, integrity and efficiency of the election process” as Mr. Dunlap?
With the refusal of those in authority to act, per their oaths, duties and obligations – whether constitutional officers or elected officials – are we to trust that future elections will be honest? Are we to trust the same people in office today who were there in the past?
Does Mr. Mr. Dunlap have the “track record to continue”?
Jonathan Courtney must justify his qualifications for position as Secretary of State.
Related: Maine Secretary of State Dunlap Talks Out Of Both Sides Of His Mouth, click here.
COMMISSION TO STUDY THE CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS IN MAINE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, click here.