An email I sent a few minutes ago to my Republican state rep in Augusta
To: Ted Kryzak
Subject: LD 557 – The proposed bill to require photo ID when voting. The vote was convoluted in that a Nay vote meant the rep was for the required photo ID.
I was raised in a very hardcore Republican family. I broke from the party in 1980 when Ronald Reagan took it over and ruined it. Call me a spurned lover, a reformed sinner, whatever, but the GOP is no longer the party that looks to protect our country or the ideals it is based on. They have become the party that wants to serve the people with deep pockets ensconced in boardrooms and gated communities throughout the country. The will of the people means nothing to the GOP. To them it is the will of some people over the rest.
That said, I will get to my point. I noticed your nay vote on LD557, the recent photo ID bill presented up in Augusta. Why would you want to introduce more restrictions to elections in Maine, a state with a history with next to no instances of voter fraud? Is it because you are just another bleating member of the GOP flock? Or do you have a real and sane reason that may make some sense out of your vote.
And, if you are as much of a down the line party man as your recent vote indicates, where do you stand on the Jan. 6 insurrection, or on the legitimacy of the presidential election in general?
Even after leaving the GOP behind, I used to vote for the occasional Republican. I haven't been able to with a clean conscience since Dubya was in office. Will you be the Republican who changes my mind? I'll remain skeptical with a dose of hopeful.
Mike Macrum, Acton, Maine
PS. I am posting this and any future communications on my blog and FB page.