For too long, the voices of everyday Mainers have been left behind while political elites in Augusta refuse to speak frankly and directly about the issues affecting the disenfranchised whose way of life is slowly slipping away.
Today we see the results of this major disconnect between the professional political class and the lobbyists and consultants they work for.
Free speech is under attack. Our heritage industries are disappearing. Throughout the state, our bridges, roads, and schools crumble, we rank almost last in the nation for access to high speed broadband, and resources are diverted away from our citizens. In rural areas, massive amounts of land have had control seized by the state.
We've let our children fall behind in our schools while big education lobbyists and consultants came between teachers and students. The opportunities of the past no longer exist when our children do graduate.
Friends, we can do a lot more than simply seek to manage or survive decline. We can dream and achieve big things together. To do so, lobbyists, insiders, and special interests must no longer have a seat at the table. That seat needs to be yanked out from under them and returned to the people. With your help, we intend to do just that.
Our ancestors - those who toiled in the mills, spun the looms, fought in the wars, and who built this state we call home - would they want us to sit by and watch their heritage, values, grit, and spirit be replaced with something unrecognizable? No, I don’t think so.
We are embarking on a mission around the state to build a grassroots network that will ensure the voices of everyday citizens will be heard in Augusta.
It’s time to put Maine and her people back on the right track. Only by working to include more voices in the process can we ensure that our freedoms are defended, and that our families, communities, and opportunities are set back upon the path envisioned for us by those who came before us. Together, we can Restore Maine’s Future!