Mr. Earley...I share your concerns. This is what I said in my letter to the city "I am in no way suggesting that the city does not retain the authority to regulate political signs on public property and will respect those ordinances." The city, I believe, does have the authority to sets some limits on public property display, especially if they are a hazard to safety. The concern behind my efforts was private property display. Citizens have the right, firmly established by the Supreme Court, to display political signs on their private property without government intrusion or regulation. The request to remove my signs from private property, including my own, was the foundation of my challenge.
Hey, Dan...You may want to do little research. McAleer was first appointed to MEMA by none other than Gov. John Baldacci...long before Lepage even announced he was running for governor.
“I am pleased to nominate someone of Robert McAleer’s caliber to
serve in this important leadership role,” said Governor Baldacci.
“Robert’s extensive military career coupled with his recent
experience in homeland security and emergency preparedness will
make him a wonderful leader of this department. He has a proven
record managing a wide range of challenges, and his unique set of
skills will greatly benefit the safety and welfare of the state.”
Was he also an incompetent Democratic crony who got a patronage job? It seems to me that Lepage did a real good thing for Maine.
This is more a publicity stunt than example of moral outrage. AID has never been a credible Senate candidate, never ran with any energy (if we can call it running), and never attempted to network with tea party leaning Republicans. He was a marginal tea party member, having difficulty being accepted even in that circle. Heck, his position as "leader" of the Maine TEA Party was his own self-anointing. Now, apparently, he hasn't even tried to gather any signatures nor raised any money. He never crafted a message or platform...only running as the "anti-Snowe." I suspect he is seeking free publicity by blaming the caucus process for his decision. I don't buy it...no money, no signatures, no networking equals no motivation...which results in no support. It has nothing to do with the caucus process. Scott D'Amboise has at least done the work to be a viable candidate. His battle may be uphill but he did, at least, get off his couch and do what was necessary to compete. D'Amboise, of all candidates, could most cry foul to the establishment. Senator Snowe, after all, maintains a large base of support across the state and his candidacy has been largely dismissed as hopeless. But he has spoken at the caucuses he has attended, he has raised money, and gathered his signatures. Subsequently, the Maine GOP has given him the audience he has earned, whether the "establishment" supports him or not...even if, as Dodge maintains, the "establishment" is committed to having Snowe re-elected. I haven't heard Scott whine about the process. It has increased his motivation to work harder...even if it means he may fall short. AID could learn something from him.