As noted last night in “State Representative Newendyke Survives Republican Collapse“, Representative Mel Newendyke survived an electoral nightmare that wasn’t only difficult for Republicans, but for the liberty movement as well. Rich Cebra did not run for re-election due to personal reasons, solid candidates like John Jones and Matthew Maloney lost, and Ryan Harmon failed to secure re-election. The Democrats reclaimed the majority in a night that was a national failure for the Republican Party. There is more good news in addition to Representative Newendyke returning however. He will not be alone, as his fellow State Representative Aaron Libby will be back as well.
In a close race with Democrat Joe Wagner, with the Democratic Party targeting his seat heavily, Representative Libby managed to pull off a victory. Elected in 2010, he has established himself as a leader for liberty in the Maine Legislature, introducing various pieces of legislation including a bill to nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.” Because of his libertarian-leanings, he came under fire in the general election as well. As noted in the Bangor Daily News blog Undercover Porcupine, in an article titled “Joe Wagner Attacks Rep. Libby For Being Intelligent“, Wagner sent out a mailer attacking him for his economic leanings towards the Austrian school.
In the end, the citizens of Maine House District #139 saw through the deception of Wagner’s tactics and the lies of the Democratic Party. Representative Aaron Libby will be returning to Augusta to lead for liberty. He has already confirmed that he will be introducing nullification legislation in the next session, continuing his stand for freedom and the Constitution.
Chris is the state chapter coordinator for the Maine Tenth Amendment Center.
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