Following anti- Trump votes, protesters descend on Jared Golden’s office
LEWISTON – A patriotic group of Mainers who believe Rep. Jared Golden is poorly representing Maine’s Second Congressional District on a host of issues filled the sidewalk outside the Congressman’s office on Saturday. Chanting, waving signs and producing some creative materials, they are calling on Golden to get in line with the wishes of his district. Golden’s district handed President Donald Trump a ten-point victory and an electoral college vote in 2016.
“President Trump won Maine’s Second Congressional district by 10 points in 2016, Jared Golden is betraying his constituents by supporting the sham impeachment witch hunt. While he pretends to be a moderate, at this point it is clear that Jared Golden is marching in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and the socialist squad,” said Nina McLaughlin, an RNC Spokesperson.
Organizers said 30-40 people attended the event. Some were critical of Golden for his recent vote to leave NAFTA in place. Many Mainers point to NAFTA as the primary cause for the loss of thousands of well-paying manufacturing jobs in Maine.
A new trade agreement, the USMCA, includes stronger labor protections to prevent jobs being shipped out of Maine. Reports indicate that trade with Canada and Mexico supports tens of thousands of jobs in Maine.
After railing against NAFTA on the campaign trail in 2018, Golden chose to vote against the USMCA, bucking President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and many labor groups, such as the AFL-CIO, that supported the final deal. A small number of the most liberal members of Pelosi’s caucus, including Rep. Chellie Pingree and all four members of the “squad” (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley) joined Golden in the vote.
“Once passed and signed into law by President Trump, the USMCA is expected to create 176,000 jobs, and add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy, directly benefitting Maine workers. It is shameful that Jared Golden opposes this common-sense trade deal, that would raise wages and protect workers across the country,” said McLaughlin.
While Golden has admitted that NAFTA cost Maine more than 30,000 jobs, he recently said, “Despite some improvements, this trade deal won’t really add to our economy or create jobs, particularly here in Maine.”
Others hit Golden for his vote for what they call a “sham” or “witch hunt” impeachment pushed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Why would Jared Golden be a part a political witch hunt? He’s part of that. He doesn’t fit the state of Maine. He doesn’t fit the Second District. He’s somebody that needs to go, and we’re gonna send him packing,” said Hon. Dale Crafts, a former state representative who is one of three candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Golden in November.
As the impeachment process worked through the House, Golden supported beginning the inquiry while issuing statements suggesting he was not decided on the matter of impeachment. Ultimately, Golden joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff and his other fellow Democrats in voting for impeachment.
Impeachment, Golden said, should be “reserved only for the most serious crimes and constitutional abuses” in his announcement he would vote to impeach President Trump.
More recently, Golden voted for a resolution brought forward by Nancy Pelosi to restrict President Trump’s ability to respond to Iranian aggression in the Middle East. That resolution was put forward by Pelosi in response to Trump’s elimination of Qasem Soleimani, a general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and a well-known terrorism figure. Soleimani was labeled an international terrorist by the Obama administration in 2011 for an assassination plot on U.S. soil.
Golden has tried to frame himself as a thoughtful, moderate representative for Maine, but recently boasted to the New York Times that he has voted with his party 88% of the time. An analysis late in 2019 said Golden was tied with Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of the members of the socialist “squad” for their anti-Trump voting records.
The group outside Golden’s office played music as well. The playlist included Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA’, Nickelback’s ‘Photograph’ (which President Trump used to tweet a photo of Joe Biden playing golf with a Ukrainian business executive Burisma) and the ubiquitous theme song from Disney’s Frozen, ‘Let it Go’ as they called on Nancy Pelosi to let go of her push for impeachment.
Golden was declared the winner of the election for Maine’s Second Congressional District days after the election under RCV after losing on election night. The ballots of voters who voted for the losing candidates in the race were retabulated to put Golden over the top in a narrow victory after incumbent Bruce Poliquin outpaced him in the traditional election.
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