It’s the dawn of a new day for Maine GOP chairman, Charlie Webster, and the state is breathing a sigh of relief…particularly since he was planning to hit them up for the cost of his ‘investigation.’
Reported earlier this week at Addicting Info, (Maine GOP Chairman Claims ‘Black People’ Voter Fraud Widespread In Election (VIDEO), Webster had gone public with his intent to investigate the following:
“In some parts of the state, there were dozens of black people who came in to vote. Nobody in town knew them.”
As detailed in the earlier piece, Webster not only felt compelled to investigate this attempt at “voter fraud,” he has, in fact, expressed concerns – throughout his tenure as GOP chair – with other voter fraud demographics: students, Chinese; now, the aforementioned “black people.”
However, it’s being reported today by the Portland Press Herald that Webster apologizes for comments about black voters. In a statement issued as a form of apology, Webster offered the following:
“It was my intention to talk not about race, but about perceived voting irregularities,” Webster said in a written statement. “However, my comments were made without proof of wrongdoing and they had the unintended consequence of casting aspersions on an entire group of Americans. For that, I am truly sorry.”
While making clear his concerns regarding the “dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day” were not the expressed views of his party, other GOP members of the state of Maine remain incensed:
Lance Dutson, a well-known Republican operative who worked for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Maine House Speaker Robert Nutting and ran this year’s U.S. Senate campaign of Charlie Summers, said Thursday that Webster should resign immediately.
“Webster’s statements should be cause for immediate resignation,” Dutson wrote on Twitter. “Any GOP who values future of party should demand same.”
Matt Jacobson, a Republican who ran for governor in the 2010 primary, tweeted: “In Navy, when ship runs aground, Captain is relieved. Charlie Webster needs to stop talking. Now.”
As it turns out, Webster has already announced he will not be seeking a new term. But, despite his public apology, the Portland Press Herald reveals:
…he still believes that there were voting irregularities on Election Day and he will continue looking into it on his own time.
“I feel strongly about it,” he said. “It’s a matter of principle.”
Students, Chinese, and Black people of Maine, consider yourselves warned.