Politics

July 19, 2013

Majority group backs Bennett for Maine GOP chair

The Maine Republican State Committee is expected to elect the former Senate president on Saturday.

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — The majority of voting members of Maine's Republican State Committee is supporting former Senate President Rick Bennett as next state party chairman.

Rick Bennett

Gregory Rec / Staff Photographer

Thirty-nine committee members announced their support for Bennett in an email obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.

The 77-member committee is expected to vote in Augusta on Saturday.

The election follows the resignation of former Chairman Richard Cebra earlier this month. The party said Cebra stepped down because of personal reasons.

Bennett is currently chairman at Portland-based research firm GMI ratings and previously served as Senate President in the Legislature.

The group says Bennett is a "successful job-creating businessman" who has "fought against out-of-control and wasteful government borrowing and spending."

Maine's libertarian-leaning Liberty Caucus also said in a statement Friday that it's backing Bennett.

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