(The following was originally published in the Maine Sun Journal.)
LEWISTON — Eliot Cutler, an independent candidate for governor in Maine, was taking the opportunity Tuesday to call attention to state election laws he said were unfair and did not reflect a true democracy.
“We have let money and special interests corrupt our politics and steal our democracy right out from under us,” Cutler said in a prepared statement issued by his campaign staff. “We have gone from Lincoln’s ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’ to a government of the parties, bought by the special interests, for the benefit of those few who have connections.”
Cutler said Maine’s system should be reformed to allowed unenrolled voters to vote for either Republican or Democratic candidates in the kind of open primary system allowed by about 20 other states.