The Maine House Republican leader expressed outrage on Friday that House Speaker Sara Gideon, the state’s Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate, has failed to convene the state legislature for seven months and has made no “legitimate attempt” to compromise with state Republicans.
During a Senate debate on Thursday, incumbent Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) observed that Gideon “has done nothing” to support Maine in its process of recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and noted that Gideon has barely spoken with her GOP counterpart, House Minority Leader Kathleen Dillingham (R-Oxford), since the legislature adjourned in March.
“There has been no legitimate attempt to reach a bipartisan compromise to bring the legislature back into session.
The state legislature adjourned in March “to mitigate the spread of disease,” leaving hundreds of bills unfinished, and the Democrats, who have a commanding majority in the Maine House, have not met Republicans’ demand for an agenda of what bills would be addressed during a special session.
The Collins campaign released an ad after the debate spotlighting Dillingham’s statement and adding that Gideon, the House’s highest-ranking member, “hasn’t made ANY effort to bring the Legislature back — leaving Mainers high and dry while she focused on her campaign”:
Here's proof Sara Gideon lied during the Maine Public debate Thursday. Despite her claims, she hasn't made ANY effort to bring the Legislature back — leaving Mainers high and dry while she focused on her campaign.
— Team Collins (@TeamCollins207) October 17, 2020