Mark Eves

A newly hired campaign staffer for Mark Eves, a Democratic candidate for governor, was fired Thursday morning after Eves was alerted to sexual harassment allegations against the man.

Brandon Maheu, a longtime Democratic operative in Maine, had been hired on Monday to help manage Eves’ campaign but had not started work yet, spokeswoman Jodi Quintero said Friday.

On Wednesday, Eves was contacted by a woman who alleged that she witnessed first-hand Maheu sexually harass multiple women while he was working on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2015 and 2016.

Eves found the allegations credible, Quintero said, and fired Maheu on Thursday morning.

Maheu operates the political consulting firm Everywhere Strategies, based in Burlington,Vermont, with his business partner Julie Barnes, but he has many recent ties to Maine politics. In 2014, he worked on the gubernatorial campaign of independent candidate Eliot Cutler. In 2010, he worked for Democratic primary candidate Patrick McGowan.

Eves, of North Berwick, is a former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and one of several Democrats vying for his party’s nomination to succeed Gov. Paul LePage, a man Eves clashed with often while he was speaker.

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