June 20, 2012

Withdraw from race? Cornell du Houx won't say

By Steve Mistler smistler@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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State Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx, D-Brunswick.

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Andy Cashman, chairman of the Brunswick Democratic Town Committee, confined his remarks to a prepared statement when asked about the situation.

"These are always difficult decisions," Cashman said. "Ultimately the voters in District 66 are the ones who will decide who can best represent their interests in Augusta."

State Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, also sits on the town committee. He said Cornell du Houx was conflicted about his decision. Gerzofsky added that many residents he spoke with didn't know about Cornell du Houx's messy breakup with Herbig, the court order or the legal agreement between the former couple.

"Not everyone reads the newspaper," he said.

Gerzofsky acknowledged that voters could be made more aware of the controversy during campaign season. When asked if he'd advised Cornell du Houx on his future, Gerzofsky said he "didn't want to go there."

"He has to make up his own mind," Gerzofsky said. "He's been bouncing back and forth. I guess I'll end up supporting him either way."

Meanwhile, rumors are swirling about potential replacement candidates, including Gerzofsky, who held District 66, formerly District 50, for four consecutive terms. Gerzofsky, who is seeking re-election for the Senate District 10 seat, quickly dismissed speculation that he planned to run for his former seat and allow former lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate John Richardson to run for the District 20 Senate seat.

Herbig secured a temporary protection-from-abuse order against Cornell du Houx on April 30, alleging that he had stalked and threatened her. Herbig withdrew her request to extend the protection order after signing the private agreement.

Cornell du Houx had been investigated by the Maine State Police, who ended the probe without filing charges or interviewing him.

In his email Monday night, Cornell du Houx said he will leave for Australia today to lead "a cross cultural state department trip for veterans and delegates for Brunswick and Maine."

Griffin Greenberg, a spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based American Council of Young Political Leaders, said the trip was paid for by the organization. Greenberg said Cornell du Houx was a charter-member of the organization and that his personal issues had no bearing on his ACYL membership.

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