FREEPORT, ME – Speaker Sara Gideon has been facing calls for her to take action to fix Maine’s failing unemployment system and then calls to reconvene the Maine Legislature to revise Maine’s current reopening plan, which is causing Maine to hemorrhage small businesses on a daily basis. In the past two days, a new chorus of calls have risen, calling on Gideon to comment on the corroborated sexual assault allegations against the candidate she endorsed for President, Joe Biden.
Tara Reade, a former staffer for Biden, says he sexually harassed then sexually assaulted her in an encounter in a basement at the capitol in 1993 as she dropped off a gym bag to him. At least four individuals have corroborated parts of Reade’s story, saying she told them of pieces of it at the time. A live phone call reportedly placed by Reade’s mother to Larry King’s CNN television show in 1993 also appears to support part of Reade’s account.
This leaves Gideon in a tangled situation from which she appears to be placing partisan loyalty and campaign cash ahead of the well-being of the Maine people and the principles she claimed her campaign were based on.
When she launched her campaign for U.S. Senate, Gideon said Collins’ vote for Kavanaugh was a motivating factor for her campaign. This despite any corroborating evidence to support the allegations against Kavanaugh.
Gideon has also used anti-Kavanaugh imagery and language in numerous ads and fundraising appeals since launching her campaign.
Then, on September 27, 2019, Gideon tweeted about the one-year anniversary of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, which contained uncorroborated allegations against Kavanaugh, using the hashtag #BelieveWomen.
Gideon is also working to secure a $3+ million distribution from a fund created to attack Collins based on the Kavanaugh vote. That pot of money will be distributed to the winner of the Democratic primary.
According to Vox, the fund was created by activist Ady Barkan and two Maine groups, the Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership. The fund was created as a threat, or as some saw it, an attempt to extort Senator Collins. When the fund launched, leaders sent a message to Collins that if she voted against Kavanaugh the fund would not distribute a penny to her opponent, but if she voted to confirm Kavanaugh, her opponent would receive all the funds pledged by their donors.
Now Gideon seeks to collect that financial support in July while ignoring accusations against Biden, who is running for the highest office in the land with her endorsement. This despite the accusations against Biden being corroborated when the accusations against Kavanaugh were not.
This week, a court document surfaced showing that, unlike the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, the former staffer for Biden who says she was sexually assaulted by the future Vice President did talk to others about the alleged assault.
That story, and Gideon’s silence even after she endorsed Biden and voted for him on March 3 has been covered in some national media, but largely ignored in Maine.
Multiple national media outlets, including Fox News, say their inquiries to the Gideon campaign for comment have gone unanswered.
But the issue doesn’t appear to be going away.
“Sara Gideon supports Joe Biden and voted for him in March. At the same time, she has staked her entire candidacy on ‘believing women.’ Gideon needs to say whether she still supports Biden or if she believes the allegations against him like she believed those of Christine Blasey Ford. Until Gideon takes a stand, Mainers will see her for what she is: full of s#!t,” said RNC Spokesperson Nina McLaughlin.
McLaughlin also provided a link to a 2018 video produced by Planned Parenthood in which Gideon responded to the question “How do I respond when someone shares an experience of sexual assault?”
Gideon’s answer in the video was, “I believe you.”
But weeks after the initial accusation against her preferred candidate for President surfaced, Sara Gideon has yet to say she believes the woman who says Biden assaulted her when she worked for him in 1993.