Representative Heather Sirocki is serving her fourth term in the Maine House of Representatives.
I try to follow Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment-“Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”
Some of us have been around a while, and as one that survived the Blood Bath of 2012, I would like to offer a few thoughts on my way out the door as a termed out “has-been.”
In 2012, everyone was scared of blowback from two years of our salty sea captain, Governor Paul LePage, at the helm. He had boldly grabbed the tiller and turned our ship of state into rough head winds. He said outrageous things. He was brazen and took action.
What did I do? I doubled down, and against all advice, I put a photo of him signing one of my bills in my campaign literature. One of our colleagues, Rep. Lockman, is accustomed to saying, “When in battle, always march TOWARD the sound of gunfire.” But in 2012, I had never heard of Larry Lockman. Now he is my seatmate.
With my quiver full, I went to every door in my district. Instead of delivering arrows that sting, however, I shared a message of hope and accomplishment.
Today, for example, I would repeat Gov. LePage’s Facebook message: “Maine’s unemployment rate is now the lowest in more than 42 years. Both the rate and number of unemployed are the lowest recorded since at least 1976. When Governor LePage took office the unemployment rate was 8% – now it stands at just 2.9%. Maine has reached not only a record-low unemployment rate, but more importantly, a record-high number of private sector jobs and workers are earning more.”
This New York Times opinion piece entitled “Don’t Run from Trump” reminds of that time.
The author closes with this: “What will it be, my fellow Republicans? My answer: Fix bayonets and charge the hill.”
I agree. Go forth and don’t run from Trump, don’t run from LePage, don’t run from Republicans.
Instead, smile, shake hands, and share some Good News!
Rep. Heather Sirocki of Scarborough is currently serving her fourth term in the Maine House of Representatives and is in her second term as a member of the Legislature’s powerful Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs.