None of the candidates for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat support a proposed lawsuit against President Barack Obama, a move backed by the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives.
On Wednesday, House Republicans authorized the suit along party lines, accusing Obama of abuse of power. It hasn’t moved forward in court, but it is motivated by the president’s delay of provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law that Republicans have long fought. The effort is led by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
But, on Friday, both Republican Bruce Poliquin and conservative independent Blaine Richardson called the proposed lawsuit a waste of resources.
Poliquin, a former state treasurer from Oakland, said while there have been “a number of examples of executive overreach,” there are other ways to address it.
“I cannot believe that one branch of government suing another for administrative overreach is a good use of resources,” he said.
Richardson, a retired Navy captain from Belfast, said in January that Obama “no longer respects the rule of law.” However, he said in a statement Friday that amid international conflict and a struggling economy, the lawsuit is a misplaced priority.
“The members of Congress, especially those in leadership, should be finding solutions instead of employing political distractions whose costs will be put on the backs of the taxpayers,” he said.
Poliquin and Richardson are running against Democrat Emily Cain, an Orono state senator, for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat running for governor.
Democrats have said the lawsuit is a precursor to a try at impeaching Obama. Boehner and other Republicans have rejected that. A recent national CNN poll said 57 percent of Americans oppose the lawsuit, while two-thirds oppose the president’s impeachment.
In a statement, Cain said “Mainers need a leader who will stay focused on real problems.”
“There is too much at stake to be playing these political games that cause gridlock and hurt the middle class,” she said.