Republican Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro is facing a recall vote spearheaded by former Waterville Mayor Karen Heck (D). Ironically, Heck endorsed Isgro the first time he ran. The reason for the recall is that Isgro was critical in a tweet of Parkland student and gun control advocate David Hogg.
The vote could potentially remove Isgro from office. He tweeted about Hogg’s social media demands that companies boycott Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show after she tweeted about the student’s college acceptances. He reportedly reveled in Fox News’ president backing Ingraham after the boycott and wrote on Twitter, “Eat it, Hogg.”
We are deeply disappointed in @nickisgro1's recent tweet about @davidhogg111. As #2A supporters, we don't agree with David's policy ideas, but he should be treated with respect and decency, especially given the terrible tragedy he endured. Mr. Mayor, apologize. #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/HzgS1Y3AvH
— Waterville Republicans (@WatervilleMEGOP) April 3, 2018
Isgro had previously posted his support for Ingraham, writing: “If you believe in attacking people’s livelihood because you don’t like their words, you don’t believe in a free society. You believe in a totalitarian Marxist system of one party enforced beliefs. It also means you know your own message can’t stand up under scrutiny.”
Isgro, a Republican who flirted with a 2018 gubernatorial campaign earlier this year before declining to run, now must face a recall vote under the charter of Kennebec County’s second-largest city after winning a three-way race for a second term in November 2017. City Clerk Patti Dubois said backers of the recall filed 887 signatures with the city — 30 more than was required to qualify for the ballot. The date for the vote is probably going to be during the upcoming primary.
Gov. Paul LePage, a former Waterville mayor, has defended Isgro during the controversy. It’s an issue of free speech. Isgro has recently been an outspoken supporter of President Trump and called a January news conference to flirt with a run to replace the term-limited governor, labeling the 2018 field as being full of “custodians of decline.”
Isgro’s tweet did not remain public and his account is now private, according to the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. But an account that calls itself the “Waterville Republicans” took exception to the tweet when they saw it and demanded that Isgro apologize to Hogg, stating he was a victim of the Parkland shooting. That may go over in Maine, but frankly, most of America supports Isgro’s sentiments on Hogg, who is politicizing the tragedy to push gun control.
The group wrote, “We are deeply disappointed in @nickisgro1’s recent tweet about @davidhogg111. As #2a supporters, we don’t agree with David’s policy ideas, but he should be treated with respect and decency, especially given the terrible tragedy he endured. Mr. Mayor, apologize.”
Isgro is allegedly blaming the effort on “well-connected and wealthy political elites.” I think that’s a safe bet. Isgro addressed the recall effort in a public Facebook post and expressed his displeasure over the movement in a lengthy post targeting “outside special interest groups” that reportedly “turned in enough signatures to have a vote to repeal our accomplishments and repeal local control of Our City.”
“My team will be closely examining the petitions for accuracy since over 14% of the petition signatures were disqualified or rejected so far,” he added, noting that the movement was nothing more than an an “effort organized by dark money funded outsiders,” and said that the attack is not just on him, but on “all of us.” It’s very hard to argue with his statements here.
“They do not like the way we run Our City, they do not like that we speak up at meetings, and they do not like how you have worked with me in an effort to put you first before politics and political agendas,” Isgro continued. “They want to silence us. They do not like that Democrats, Republicans, Independents and those not enrolled in political parties have come together as a unified people to achieve great things — as friends and neighbors should.”
Isgro solemnly warned that in the coming weeks, a “dark cloud of deceit will descend on Waterville” along with the impending vote, but advised that not all is lost. “Now we can show up at the polls and defeat this entire dark-money machine that has invaded Our City,” he wrote. “Now we can once and for all put an end to the effort to divide this great community and turn neighbor against neighbor to advance a corrupt ideological agenda. We can stop it in its tracks.” He concluded, “Together, we will once again declare that this is Our City.
I really hope Isgro prevails here, but Maine tends to lean liberal. I guess we’ll see. The left is prematurely celebrating already over this. Isgro was elected to serve a second term, so he is popular and has that in his favor here. I suggest Waterville Republicans find their backbones and quick… Isgro deserves your support. He has a constitutional right to air his opinion, just as the President or any other American does. Not to mention what he said was the truth.
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