Earlier this year, Sen. John Cleveland’s contract was not renewed by the town of Poland for underperforming as an economic development consultant. Then, Cleveland stuck the town with a $12,725 bill on a $6,900 quote for services, causing outrage among selectmen, resulting in a Sun Journal article.

But it’s not just this municipality he is hurting. Cleveland voted for ObamaCare’s welfare expansion, which would cost Maine taxpayers millions while sapping resources from disabled people on Medicaid wait lists and seniors in need.

Cleveland also voted against common sense reform requiring able-bodied welfare applicants to seek work while receiving benefits, and voted to remove penalties on people who use welfare for liquor, tobacco and gambling.

Buyer beware. Towns should think twice before hiring Sen. Cleveland. And voters should think twice before sending him to back to Augusta.

George Colby, New Gloucester

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