BEN CHIN — LIES, MUD & BIG MONEY
Two weeks ago, the Ben Chin campaign sent a postcard to Lewiston residents containing several "blatant falsehoods" (some might say "lies") about Mayor Bob Macdonald. I'd like to set the record straight.
First, let me say, I have been the only councilor to oppose Pay-As-You-Throw in both campaign literature and in my vote against wasting $30,000 to sell the idea to the taxpayers of Lewiston. Although some councilors support the PAYT idea, others are hesitant to support the program, but opted to approve the "education" program, nonetheless.
The PAYT program was conceived as a result of the Public Works Review Committee that was formed last year to find ways to streamline that department and increase efficiency and cost effectiveness. It is unfortunate that the only real idea brought to the council for workshops and a vote was this new tax/fee.
Let me make this clear- Mayor Macdonald was not on the Public Works Review Committee. He had no part in the decision to bring proposals to the council. Bob Macdonald has as much to do with Pay-As-You-Throw as Ben Chin does with running a low budget mayoral campaign.
The litany of shameless "falsehoods" contained in Ben Chin's ethically challenged attack ad must be exposed.
Despite what Chin’s campaign states, Mayor Macdonald did not devise nor vote to implement the PAYT program. The mayor cast a vote on behalf of a councilor who was absent (a personal and political friend of Chin who supports the program) to move ahead with an "education and outreach" effort, which has nothing to do with actually implementing PAYT.
Contrary to what Chin’s campaign mailer states, Mayor Macdonald has never voiced support for implementing PAYT, nor did he “give” $30,000 in taxpayer funds to a private trash bag company to promote “his” plan. The marketing plan was the brainchild of the consultant chosen by staff through a bid process and presented to the city council as a body.
It's worth repeating that Mayor Macdonald voted on behalf of an absent councilor who fully supports the PAYT program. For the record, I voted against this program and remain opposed to PAYT as a solution to our Solid Waste budgeting challenges.
Chin, his employers at the Maine Peoples Alliance, his dark money donors and his supporters should be ashamed they have resorted to complete falsehoods to influence the voters of Lewiston. He has raised $64,000—an unprecedented amount in an attempt to buy a Maine mayoral seat—mostly from out-of-state donors as far away as Washington, D.C. and New Mexico.
We, the people of Lewiston, don’t need community organizers and liberal agitators from "away" practicing Washington-style politics in our hometown. Liberal progressive politicians funded by big money spreading campaign falsehoods are not what will save Lewiston.