The Maine House Republican leader expressed outrage on Friday that House Speaker Sara Gideon, the state’s Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate, has failed to convene the state legislature for seven months and has made no “legitimate attempt” to compromise with state Republicans.
During a Senate debate on Thursday, incumbent Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) observed that Gideon “has done nothing” to support Maine in its process of recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and noted that Gideon has barely spoken with her GOP counterpart, House Minority Leader Kathleen Dillingham (R-Oxford), since the legislature adjourned in March.
Gideon denied the accusation, saying, “That is simply not true. The number of times that I’ve talked to my fellow Republican leader I cannot even count on one hand.”
In response, Dillingham released a scathing statement Friday, claiming Gideon’s remark was “simply untrue.”
“There has been no legitimate attempt to reach a bipartisan compromise to bring