Fortunately for Maine’s families, workers, students, teachers, disabled, unemployed, elderly and others, Gov. LePage and his Republican legislative puppets will remain the driving force behind their own demise and the election of a Democratic governor in 2014.

By returning Democrats to the majority in both legislative houses last November, we have collectively and resolutely sent the message to Augusta that “tea party” policies and irresponsible legislation will cost them their legislative seats.

As a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers of America, I am sure our newly elected Democratic majorities now have the opportunity to show Maine that the damage of the past two years can be mitigated, and the security of our families, workers and most vulnerable restored via proactive and intelligently conceived legislation, and removal of self-serving conservative corporate interests from power.

Maine will have only one more hurdle to clear when the gubernatorial election occurs and, by supporting the Democratic candidate, offering constructive and realistic input to our legislators and supporting the important causes of organized labor and America’s workforce, we can return Maine to what it should rightfully be.

Bruce K. Hixon, Bowdoin

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