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Former Maine Gubernatorial Candidate Eliot Cutler Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

Former two-time Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has been arrested. The businessman and environmentalist is facing four counts of possession of sexually explicit materials of a child under 12, according to prosecutors.

The Bangor Daily News reported that Cutler resigned from the board of a nonprofit shortly after his home was raided and searched by police:

Cutler, 75, resigned from his position as president of the board of directors of the nonprofit on Wednesday, citing personal reasons, Lerner Foundation Executive Director Don Carpenter said in an email.

Running as an independent, Cutler came a very close second in the 2010 gubernatorial race with 36.3% of the vote. Support for his second bid in 2014 collapsed in the final weeks and he finished with only 8.5% of the vote. In both efforts he was supported by the state’s largest newspaper and U.S. Senator Angus King.

Many Democrats in the state viewed Cutler as a two-time spoiler and his candidacies played a major role in state’s decision to enact ranked-choice voting.

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  1. Sammy H Sammy H March 27, 2022

    The rich really can’t help themselves can they?

  2. Austin Cassidy Austin Cassidy Post author | March 25, 2022

    Curiously, this Maine news outlet doesn’t seem to have any sense of recent history:

    “Despite garnering a small percentage of the vote in 2010, running against LePage and Democrat Libby Mitchell, Cutler was viewed by many as a spoiler, whose run helped elect LePage. The scenario played out similarly in 2014 when Cutler ran again against Democrat Mike Michaud and incumbent LePage.”

    Of course, Cutler actually finished far ahead of the Democratic candidate in 2010, only narrowly losing that race to the Republican.

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