October 2, 2012

Lewiston mayor asked to resign after comments

The Associated Press

LEWISTON — Two groups are asking Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald to resign following comments he made about the city's Somali population.

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In a Jan. 2, 2012 photo, Lewiston Mayor Robert MacDonald gives his inaugural address at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston, Me. MacDonald is drawing criticism for remarks he made in a radio interview about Somali refugees in his city. He told the British Broadcasting Corp. this month that immigrants are costing the city a lot of money and that they should "accept our culture and leave your culture at the door." (AP Photo/The Lewiston Sun-Journal, Daryn Slover)

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TO WATCH the BBC video about Somalis in Lewiston, click here.

The Lewiston office of the Maine People's Alliance is gathering signatures for a petition asking Macdonald to step down.

The Sun Journal reports that the African Diaspora Institute in Portland also called for Macdonald's resignation during a Monday news conference outside City Hall.

MacDonald, a former U.S. Marine and city police officer, told the British Broadcasting Corp. that immigrants are costing the city a lot of money and they should "accept our culture and leave your culture at the door."

The BBC's segment focused on the resettlement of nearly 6,000 Somalis to Lewiston over the past decade.

Messages left for Macdonald at his office and home were not returned Monday.

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