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GOP State Committeeman Resigned, Leaves Party (Maine)
The Lincoln County News ^ | 9/21/2013 | Dominik Lobkowicz

Posted on 08/25/2013 10:58:59 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo

Gregory Hodge, of Jefferson, is urging people on the political left and right to look critically at their party affiliation.

Hodge was the state committeeman for the Lincoln County Republicans until he and 11 other Republicans unenrolled from the Maine Republican Party and resigned related positions this week,

Hodge joined five other state committee members, Republican National Committee member Mark Willis, and five other registered Maine Republicans in writing a letter outlining their disaffiliation and the reasons behind it to Maine GOP Secretary Chuck Malaheris.

The Aug. 18 letter criticizes a number of people, actions, and groups, including rule changes by the Republican National Committee, "the cowardly leadership of John Boehner" in the House of Representatives, "House Republican leadership's utter disdain for the United States Constitution," failure of Maine Republicans to support Governor Paul LePage's veto of the biennial budget, and LePage vetoing LD 1282, a bill related to the sale and labeling of raw milk, among others.

"[W]e can no longer associate ourselves with a political party that goes out of its way to continually restrict our freedoms and liberties as well as reaching deeper and deeper into our wallets," the letter reads.

The authors wrote they were pursuing a path of individual integrity over the Republican parties ideas of "more freedom and less taxes" that are "worth no more than the paper that they are written on."

Hodge, in an interview on Aug. 20, said his actions are not designed to elicit anything from the GOP.

"I've found [the Republican party] to be not representing of me or my opinions or beliefs," Hodge said. "Moreso I find them to be unwilling to accept views other than those that are established at the top of the party."

By stepping away, Hodge said he will be less hampered in whatever he chooses to do regarding political issues.

"I'm not doing this to do anything to them, I'm just disassociating myself from them," he said. "I wish them the best. There are a lot of hardworking people doing what they believe in ... I just find it to be very dissatisfying for me to be a part of this organization at this time."

Still, Hodge said he believes people associated with either the Republicans or Democrats need to think about whether their party really represents them and their beliefs.

"I would recommend that others take a closer look at who they associate with, not individually perhaps, but an organization," he said.

"Gamesmanship" was what Hodge said he found on the third floor of the capital, with people in both parties focused more on what they were going to do to the opposing side or what the opposing side was going to do to them, instead of focusing on the issues.

The important question is what is best for the people of Maine, not what is best for someone's particular career or their ambitions outside the state, Hodge said.

Hodge said he is pursuing no political ambitions, though some of the other authors of the letter may be considering it or have been asked to do so. Either way, "we are not forming another party here, we are just disassociating ourselves from the two parties that exist," he said.

Stuart Smith, the chairman of Lincoln County Republicans, said the county level impacts of Hodge's resignation as state committeeman may be minimal.

"We're sorry to see him go. We already have a couple people interested in that position so we'll fill it fairly quickly, so we'll plug along," he said.

"I'm sorry to see him go, but everyone has their issues and their guiding principles and they do what they feel is right and I'm sure Greg had to do what he felt was right. I respect that," Smith said. "Everyone should be able to follow their heart and their gut."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maine; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: johnboehner; maine; mainegop; ohio; olympiasnowe; randsconcerntrolls
The Maine GOP pretty much mirrors the DC establishment. I'm surprised Hodge didn't bail out earlier.
1 posted on 08/25/2013 10:58:59 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: mrreaganaut

ping - I’m not the only one who sees it


2 posted on 08/25/2013 11:01:31 AM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

I thought the Republican governor of Maine was a strong conservative....dammit, we ought to work to change this beast from within.

the beast, bad, has at least a distribution method and apparatus...a structure and organization.

We need to get hold of these things as conservatives and turn them for our use.

Reagan didn’t leave the Republican party, he stayed in it and took it OVER.

Leaving only keeps us OUT of power....imho.


3 posted on 08/25/2013 11:02:54 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: NewHampshireDuo

In before they sycophants demanding we vote R no matter how liberal.


4 posted on 08/25/2013 11:03:17 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SoFloFreeper

He left the dems for the exact reasons they left the dem...er the GOP.


5 posted on 08/25/2013 11:04:05 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart
Lesser of the two evils(tm) doncha know.

/johnny

6 posted on 08/25/2013 11:05:14 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

True. Hamilton was an idiot afterall ;)


7 posted on 08/25/2013 11:06:33 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: NewHampshireDuo

What positions does this GOP State Committman hold?

I read the article, and cannot tell precisely what his issue is.

Is he for jobs and Maine? Is he perhaps rebelling against jobs being sent overseas?

What?


8 posted on 08/25/2013 11:07:03 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: NewHampshireDuo

With crap asses like boehner mc connel,romney as the republican leadership ya can’t expect much.
Bunch of worthless babosos


9 posted on 08/25/2013 11:08:59 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: JRandomFreeper

yes, leaving only keeps the power out. Conservatives, for years, have not really “done politics”. Notorious for being like herding cats, we have to learn it is a team sport with a helluva lot of give and take.

If we can square sticking to our principles with “compromise” (I’m puking as I say it), then we can take power.

Notice that the ones who have power we see as spineless opportunists.


10 posted on 08/25/2013 11:09:24 AM PDT by bioqubit
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To: NewHampshireDuo

A Chad Brown resigned from a position in GOP in Iowa and wrote a letter that the GOP was Too conservative and in doing an online search of him when that happened I got 4+ pages of it. I just searched this guy and I didn’t even get a page.


11 posted on 08/25/2013 11:09:31 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: NewHampshireDuo

And so it begins.


12 posted on 08/25/2013 11:13:41 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Never no more. I am looking real hard at toomey with as evil an eye as I can muster. I am bitterly disappointed in pat. Notice I even quit capping his name. That is my ultimate insult. I haven’t even reregistered to vote where I live now. If/when I do, it will likely be Independent.


13 posted on 08/25/2013 11:30:13 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

MAYBE r depending on who the pres prospects are.


14 posted on 08/25/2013 11:32:13 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I realize that, but he had a VIABLE option to call home...he didn’t go third party even after the debacle of Nixon and Ford...I remember watching tv coverage at the Ford nomination: Reagan supporters crying at the 1976 Republican convention, knowing the party was putting up a nominee that wasn’t a strong conservative.

Reagan didn’t walk away mad...he supported Ford, but was determined, win or lose, to CHANGE his party...and he did.

That was my point. :)


15 posted on 08/25/2013 11:34:38 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

“I thought the Republican governor of Maine was a strong conservative..”

Didn’t his statement include as one reason the ME GOP’s failure to support the governor’s veto of a bloated budget?


16 posted on 08/25/2013 11:37:45 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: SoFloFreeper

I would submit that at this point in the game, anyone not mad isn’t paying enough attention.

These guys do have a home to go to. America. It may be split up amongst several of the backbench parties and no party at all. But it’s there. And the sooner we bring it all together, the sooner we ditch both wings of the albatross we have now.

Or fail. Because what exists now is not America. And the R’s are not going to return to constitutional government. They proved it. They keep proving it.

And if we fail, I for one will welcome our Russian overlords. They are also a lot closer to the America we lost than the GOP is headed.


17 posted on 08/25/2013 11:46:36 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: MestaMachine; Norm Lenhart
Never forget how the GOP treats people like Sarah Palin, if you dare to challenge the idea that Government is the end all to everything. Then the Long Knives come out for you.

Progressives come in both "R" and "D".

So Glad I am Neither!

They are Scum.

18 posted on 08/25/2013 12:10:31 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Leaving only keeps us OUT of power...

Abraham Lincoln came in as President thanks to the Republican party nominating him in the Dred Scott" decision days, where Stephen Douglas favored positive laws to support slavery.

And so it is that Sarah Palin could be the best thing for America to salvage individual freedom from the current socialist/communist/democratic pathway ... using common sense.

19 posted on 08/25/2013 12:11:21 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: KC_Lion

And yet some on FR DEMAND we elect more of it. And possees of their supporters sing in chorus.

Of course the last week has seen a lot less of that and many of the names who used to sing so are singing a far different tune. And if you happen to come across one in your travels, as Ronaldus Magnus said...”Trust but Verify”.

Heavy on the verify.


20 posted on 08/25/2013 12:14:58 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: NewHampshireDuo

FREEDOM PARTY!!!


21 posted on 08/25/2013 12:16:28 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate." George F. Will)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

How could anyone possibly not be happy with the Vichy Republican party?


22 posted on 08/25/2013 12:35:33 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Here comes the Freedom Party!


23 posted on 08/25/2013 12:47:02 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I saw the one I was talking about the other day going at it strong on another thread a coupe of hours ago.. I just skipped past that post.. but noticed others are starting to ignore them too ;)


24 posted on 08/25/2013 1:03:38 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

“Everyone should be able to follow their heart and their gut.”

That’s the problem. The GOPe is following the RAT Lite “gut.”


25 posted on 08/25/2013 1:52:56 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Bikkuri

I notice that my oft opponent on the Romney has all but given up his crusade. A good thing for us all. Several of us are seeing a major shift in attitudes this last couple weeks thank God.

The sooner we bury the lesser evil BS and get back on the same page the sooner we can fight the problem instead of each other.


26 posted on 08/25/2013 2:45:29 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Agree 100%, and hoping it will happen soon...


27 posted on 08/25/2013 3:09:29 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

The State Committee Man is the person from the county who goes to the State meetings in Augusta and has a vote on what goes on in the party.


28 posted on 08/25/2013 3:26:19 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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I was in Damariscotta for the Lincoln County presidential caucus in Jan 2012.

The liveliest bunch of loud rebels I’ve met anywhere recently. The best of the best. The rebels include the Paulistas.

more here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3058725/posts


29 posted on 08/25/2013 9:12:32 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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