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Wed Jun 12, 2024, 05:07 PM Jun 12

ME-02: Republican Suddenly Quits Job After Trump Candidate Wins Election [View all]

A Republican lawmaker announced he is retiring from politics due to a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump's victory in a Congressional primary election.

Trump-backed candidate Austin Theriault, a former NASCAR driver and state representative, defeated State Representative Michael Soboleski in the primary for Maine's 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday. He will face off against Democratic Congressman Jared Golden, a top GOP target in the November elections in what could be one of the most competitive House races of the election cycle.

State Representative John Andrews, who was a supporter and campaign manager for Soboleski, wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday he is resigning from his position over Theriault's victory. He represented a district containing the town of Paris and nearby areas.

"I've just resigned my seat in the Maine State House of Representatives. I can't be a part of anything that supports Austin Theriault," Andrews wrote.

He continued, "Paris voted for Theriault. That made up my mind. I'm sorry, but I'm done standing up for anything in this community. I'm officially retired from politics. This absolutely disgusts me."


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