LEWISTON – A
patriotic group of Mainers who believe Rep. Jared Golden is poorly representing
Maine’s Second Congressional District on a host of issues filled the sidewalk
outside the Congressman’s office on Saturday. Chanting, waving signs and
producing some creative materials, they are calling on Golden to get in line
with the wishes of his district. Golden’s district handed President Donald
Trump a ten-point victory and an electoral college vote in 2016.
Trump won Maine’s Second Congressional district by 10 points in 2016, Jared
Golden is betraying his constituents by supporting the sham impeachment witch
hunt. While he pretends to be a moderate, at this point it is clear that Jared
Golden is marching in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and the socialist squad,” said
Nina McLaughlin, an RNC Spokesperson.
30-40 people attended the event. Some were critical of Golden for his recent
vote to leave NAFTA in place. Many Mainers point to NAFTA as the primary cause
for the loss of thousands of well-paying manufacturing jobs in Maine.
A new trade
agreement, the USMCA, includes stronger labor protections to prevent jobs being
shipped out of Maine. Reports indicate that trade with Canada and Mexico
supports tens of thousands of jobs in Maine.
After railing against NAFTA on the campaign trail in 2018, Golden chose to vote against the USMCA, bucking President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and many labor groups, such as the AFL-CIO, that supported the final deal. A small number of the most liberal members of Pelosi’s caucus, including Rep. Chellie Pingree and all four members of the “squad” (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley) joined Golden in the vote.
passed and signed into law by President Trump, the USMCA is expected
to create 176,000
jobs, and add $68.2
billion to the U.S. economy, directly benefitting Maine workers. It is
shameful that Jared Golden opposes this common-sense trade deal, that would
raise wages and protect workers across the country,” said McLaughlin.
Golden has admitted that NAFTA cost Maine more than 30,000 jobs, he recently
said, “Despite some
improvements, this trade deal won’t really add to our economy or create jobs,
particularly here in Maine.”
hit Golden for his vote for what they call a “sham” or “witch hunt” impeachment
pushed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Jared Golden be a part a political witch hunt? He’s part of that. He doesn’t
fit the state of Maine. He doesn’t fit the Second District. He’s somebody that
needs to go, and we’re gonna send him packing,” said Hon. Dale Crafts, a former
state representative who is one of three candidates vying for the Republican
nomination to challenge Golden in November.
impeachment process worked through the House, Golden supported beginning the
inquiry while issuing statements suggesting he was not decided on the matter of
impeachment. Ultimately, Golden joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff and
his other fellow Democrats in voting for impeachment.
Golden said, should be “reserved only for the most serious crimes and
constitutional abuses” in his announcement he would vote to impeach President
Golden voted for a resolution brought forward by Nancy Pelosi to restrict
President Trump’s ability to respond to Iranian aggression in the Middle East.
That resolution was put forward by Pelosi in response to Trump’s elimination of
Qasem Soleimani, a general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and a well-known
terrorism figure. Soleimani was labeled an international terrorist by the Obama
administration in 2011 for an assassination plot on U.S. soil.
The group outside Golden’s office played music as well. The playlist included Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA’, Nickelback’s ‘Photograph’ (which President Trump used to tweet a photo of Joe Biden playing golf with a Ukrainian business executive Burisma) and the ubiquitous theme song from Disney’s Frozen, ‘Let it Go’ as they called on Nancy Pelosi to let go of her push for impeachment.
Golden was declared the winner of the election for Maine’s Second Congressional District days after the election under RCV after losing on election night. The ballots of voters who voted for the losing candidates in the race were retabulated to put Golden over the top in a narrow victory after incumbent Bruce Poliquin outpaced him in the traditional election.