Live coverage: Government Oversight Committee questioning of CDC officials in document-shredding probe


AUGUSTA — Five Maine Center for Disease Control officials are to appear before the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee at 9 a.m. Friday in a document-shredding probe.

The questioning will appear live on The Sun Journal also will offer live Twitter updates via @SunJournal.

There will be complete coverage in Saturday's newspaper.

The five officials subpoenaed to appear before the committee are CDC Director Sheila Pinette, Deputy Director Christine Zukas, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity Director Lisa Sockabasin, Division Director Deborah Wigand and Senior Program Manager Andrew Finch. In February, all declined the committee's invitation to appear. That led to the subpoenas.

Sharon Leahy-Lind, the former CDC official who raised the allegations of document-shredding, also has been subpoenaed to appear Friday.

Tune in at 9 a.m. to watch the hearing here.

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MARK GRAVEL's picture

Destruction of public

Destruction of public documents justifying $4.7 million in public health grants!

Yet we as taxpayers don't learn that this is our own doing. How is it our fault? We allow government to get large and we allow politicians to tax us too heavy. I see wasteful spending, scandalous behavior, and crony capitalism popping time and time again.

Let's keep this money in the pockets of the taxpayers. If it gets misappropriated, then we'll have no one to blame but our own bad spending habits.

Better living through smaller government.

P.S. Several comments referencing LePage, but I don't see what he has to do with this behavior. Let's let the facts surface, then whip the guilty.


I was doubting I'd see

I was doubting I'd see something like this in my lifetime. Thank you, thank you SJ! PS: I'm willing to bet Lepage shows up with his "fickled finger of fate."

AL PELLETIER's picture

I hope these 5 realize

Pleading the 5th will only add fuel to the fire. I'll be watching. Thanks SJ.

AL PELLETIER's picture

OH! just had a thought

Wouldn't it be like LePage barged into this meeting thinking his presents would intimidate these 5? Sure would make good press!

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

I think LePage who hates SJ will have no choice to watch, he

Will be sitting at his "computer", but if I recall from photos from his office, doesn't have one on his desk,hmm? Surprising he would know how to use one, you would know that since yo worked with him or your wife did.

Anyway he will be watching on a PC or Flat screen and be swearing in French, biting his nails on his gout fingers and wetting his pants, like he did when drunk and laying in the alleys of Lewiston outside the Jolly at the Holly many years ago.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Not at the same time.

I managed stores before he came on board and my wife worked at the Lewiston Mill His office was in Waterville.
Did I ever mention my wife voted for him? It was her way to get him to leave Marden's. Now that he's history at Marden's she won't vote for him again. (Remember my e-mail?)

MARK GRAVEL's picture

I would have loved to be a

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when you found out your wife voted for him. Perhaps she made up the story about getting him to leave Marden's just to clam you down.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

I do

just wanted to point it out...

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture


Outstanding AL

FRANK EARLEY's picture

This should be very interesing......

This might give us some insight into the inner workings of the CDC.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture


To SJ...


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