Friday July 06, 2012 | 02:13 PM

State Rep. Cornell du Houx (D-Brunswick) was once thought a rising star in the world of Maine politics. Then there was a nasty breakup with another lawmaker who filed a temporary protection-from-abuse order against him. By the time a court settlement was negotiated, the head of his own party was publicly calling for him not to seek reelection. Du Houx resisted, but last week announced he would stand down after all, on account of the U.S. Navy having called him up for duty. His political star is no longer ascendant.

Unfortunate timing, perhaps, for North Carolina-based author Jeff L. Thigpen, who earlier this week put out a press release touting his new book. "Rep. Cornell du Houx profiled in On Point: Voices and Values of the Young Elected Officials," the headline reads. "New book highlights 16 young elected officials as they tell their stories."

In the release, Thigpen states he wrote the book to highlight "an emerging group of principled leaders shaping a new era in American politics."

"It's time we know them and why they were inspired to run for elected office, and how they are meeting the challenges of this time in history," he continues, apparently unaware of recent events in Maine. "Most importantly, it is time we hear their stories."

Du Houx was one of only seven state lawmakers chosen for the book, which profiles young elected officials. It went on sale July 1.

Former Maine Sen. George Mitchell wrote the book's preface.



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