Politics

August 29, 2013

Sabattus man who wrote Obama slur may lose town roles

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Marsters is not paid for his service, so he doesn't have the legal protections of an employee, Gilmore said.

Marsters' Facebook page includes many anti-Obama posts and links to right-wing websites. He said he doesn't know how the furor over his post or the selectmen's vote on his committee assignments will affect his candidacy for selectman.

He said he has not received calls of support. "A lot of people are afraid, I think," he said.

Sabattus apparently is friendly territory for the president. In his re-election bid last year, Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney 47 percent to 42 percent in Sabattus, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Marsters was interviewed by the Secret Service on Tuesday and his case was to be referred up the agency's chain of command, he said.

It's not clear what action, if any, the agency might take against Marsters, and the town won't necessarily be privy to that, Gilmore said.

"When the men in the black Suburbans show up, they don't necessarily share whether he's been on their radar screen," Gilmore said. "We don't know that and we won't necessarily ever know that."

Thursday's meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building.

Duquette, the board's chairman, said he has not discussed the issue or the meeting with the other selectmen, though they agreed to meet.

Duquette said he plans to have a public comment session before the meeting, and he will work hard to keep the meeting from getting too inflammatory.

"We are going to speak civilly," he said. "There isn't going to be a lynch mob."

He's asked Police Chief Anthony Ward to attend, he said, just to ensure that things don't get out of hand.

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Today's poll: Sabattus man

Should the Sabattus board of selectmen remove David Marsters from from all town boards and commissions he serves on?

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