The temporary protection order against Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx, D-Brunswick, by his former fiance was dismissed and withdrawn from the court on May 14. Then the Maine Democratic Party chairman, Ben Grant, denounced Alex.
Grant never called Alex or bothered to talk to his Democratic town committee. He never asked how Alex’s campaign was going. Not only is this a huge insult to Alex’s integrity, it’s a slap in the face to the Brunswick committee. Grant stated that the party had to find another candidate. Alex’s town committee stated that they had already been working on these contingency plans with Alex.
I had the privilege to be Alex’s company commander at one stage in his service career. He is dedicated, determined and passionate about public service, be it his service to his country, community and state. Does Grant understand what it means to military personal when someone has their back and when someone doesn’t? Shouldn’t the same credo apply in civilian life?
For Grant to send out a release insisting Alex withdraw on the day this lawmaker, as an Iraq war veteran representing Maine, left on a State Department trip showed Grant has no idea of the important work Alex is doing for Maine and his country.
Every elected official deserves the respect and has the right to decide how to best serve their community, state and country without unjustified pressure from any political party.
Jason R. White, CEO
Maine Behavioral Health Organization