REPORT: Jared Golden ranked most partisan of Maine’s four-member D.C. delegation

Rep. Jared Golden in a restaurant in 2019. Photo courtesy Congressman Jared Golden Facebook page.

WASHINGTON D.C. – A central piece of Jared Golden’s 2018 campaign for Maine’s Congressional District 2 was that he would work across the aisle for the best solutions for Maine, including when that meant working with President Trump. Golden then went on to vote to impeach President Trump and a new report from a non-partisan group that focuses on bipartisanship has ranked Golden as the most partisan member of Maine’s four-person delegation to Washington D.C.

The report, issued annually as an index of all members of Congress from the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, ranks every member of Congress on their bipartisanship.

In that index, Rep. Jared Golden scored a .24908, ranking him 117th in Congress. In the House, the most bipartisan member on the index scored a 5.38508, a score that is more than 21 times Rep. Golden’s score.

Rep. Golden’s score even falls below the score of Rep. Chellie Pingree, Maine’s Representative from the far more liberal First Congressional District. Pingree ranked 107th with a score of .30421.

On the Senate side, Senator Angus King, often referred to as a Democrat because he works within the Democrat caucus in Washington, ranked 45th in the U.S. Senate with a score of .28371.

Senator Susan Collins, as other news outlets have reported, was awarded the most bipartisan Senator award for the seventh year in a row, ranking first with a score of 4.06075. The index scores show Collins far outpacing Pingree, King and Golden in bipartisanship, respectively.

“In 2019, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) extended her unprecedented run as the most bipartisan Senator.  She has topped the Senate’s Bipartisan Index rankings for seven consecutive years.  Her score of 4.061 in 2019 is the highest one-year Senate score in the history of the Bipartisan Index,” said a statement from the Lugar Center announcing the release of the index.

The rankings and scores present a stark contrast between those who claim to be bipartisan for the benefit of votes when they are running for office and those who actually go to Washington and work across the aisle.

Golden’s 2018 campaign involved appeals suggesting he would work across the aisle.

“In Congress, I’ll work with lawmakers, regardless of their party, to advance solutions that will make a difference in the lives of the people of Maine,” said Golden when announcing a slate of endorsements in October.

In early October 2018, Golden released an ad sitting across a table from Republican Tom Saviello, saying, “I believe we need new leaders on both sides of the aisle who have the courage to work together, even if they don’t always see eye-to-eye.”

The Lugar Center report suggests Golden has not lived up to that promise.

While Golden has bucked his party on a couple of votes, his controversial vote to impeach President Donald Trump is but one of several highly partisan votes Golden will have to overcome on the campaign trail in a district that strongly supported Trump in 2016. The district appears poised to be a battleground Congressional race in 2020, just as it has been since 2014, when Bruce Poliquin won a hard-fought race over Emily Cain.

Golden kicked off his first term in Congress voting for a package of legislation that would have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government to himself and other candidates for Congress in future elections. More recently, Golden’s votes in Congress have shown a tendency to toe the partisan line. Golden cosponsored a partisan health care bill that would have abolished private health insurance plans and cost 723,000 Mainers their insurance. Golden also supported giving illegal immigrants free taxpayer funded health care and providing federal funding of abortions.

In another eye-popping moment, Golden joined Rep. Chellie Pingree in voting down an amendment that would have clarified Congress opposed allowing illegal immigrants to vote in American elections.

Golden and Pingree also joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi in withholding support for the Paycheck Protection Program as the first tranche of money ran dry. Two out of every three Maine small businesses has relied on PPP to provide paychecks to their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The dispute where Golden and Pingree sat silent as Pelosi held up additional funding centered around Pelosi’s demand for billions of dollars in additional spending unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In November, Golden will square off against one of the three Republican candidates vying to replace him: former State Senator Eric Brakey, former State Representative Dale Crafts or the long-time Press Secretary for Governor Paul LePage, Adrienne Bennett.

About the Lugar Center:

Founded by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, the non-profit Lugar Center is a platform for informed debate and analysis of global issues, including nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, global food security, foreign assistance effectiveness and global development, energy security, and enhancing bipartisan governance.   

About the McCourt School of Public Policy:

The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University is a top-ranked public policy school located in the center of the policy world in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to teach our students to design, analyze, and implement smart policies and put them into practice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, in the U.S. and around the world. 

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