I always thought that our legislators at least attempted to represent the best interests of their constituents. And state Sen. Linda Baker, R-Topsham, initially appeared to do just that.
The Maine Clammers Association strongly supported the bill to protect our clam flats and the over 1,500 Mainers who are employed in this $56 million industry. And Baker voted for the bill in the Marine Resource Committee that she chairs, and twice more on the floor of the Senate.
But, when Gov. Paul Le Page vetoed the bill, Baker betrayed our communities and our clammers and refused to vote to override his veto.
This certainly was a slap in the face to those of us she claims to represent and I can’t imagine how she can possibly justify this to herself.