Sen. Phil Bartlett calls on Treasurer Bruce Poliquin to resign
On May 30, 2012 At 5:18 pm
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Today, Maine Sen. Phil Bartlett called on Treasurer Bruce Poliquin to resign. Bartlett cites the recent report that found that accusations by Poliquin of mismanagement at the Maine State Housing Authority to be unjustified. Poliquin had led a months-long series of attacks on the agencies former director, Dale McCormick.
Poliquin is running for the Republican nomination for the US Senate seat being left vacant by Sen. Olympia Snowe.
From a press release to which the letter (below) was attached, Bartlett said:
The recent independent investigation into the Maine State Housing Authority has revealed another example of exceedingly poor judgment on the part of Treasurer Bruce Poliquin. His rush to judgment against an outstanding public servant and his willingness to believe and act on whatever he was told by the ideologically driven Maine Heritage Policy Center call in to question his ability to perform the essential functions of his job as Treasurer.
Sadly, this is not the first time Mr. Poliquin has exercised poor judgment. He engaged in business activities, including engaging in and benefitting from the selling and managing of his multi-million dollar real estate transactions, despite the fact that such activities are expressly prohibited by Maine’s Constitution. He also took advantage of a tax loophole to avoid paying tens of thousands of dollars in property taxes for his multi-million dollar coastal home. And, worse, he secured this tree growth tax credit for property that knowingly cannot be harvested for timber, as required for eligibability for the credit. Finally, he has issued weekly blog emails from his office that more closely resemble ideological right-wing manifestos than information pertinent to the office he holds.