One of my best friends from high school is a self-described "lifelong Republican" and for the past eight years has been the State Representative in my hometown area, the one I was raised in, went to school in and moved back to almost two years ago. There is a reason we were friends, at least from my perspective anyway, because Stacey Fitts was a genuinely good person of character.
At this point I'll stop blowing smoke up his ass and let his own deeds and words make the point. The following is a recently-released commercial "starring" Stacey urging Mainers to vote yes on Question 1 this fall.
I have actually not seen the commercial yet on television. Where I learned about this was from Stacey sharing this editorial on Facebook that was written by Bill Nemitz in the Portland Press Herald entitled One Man's Turnaround Reflects a Sea Change. It is a very well-written article and provides a great deal of background to this story.
This is not the first time he's publicly disagreed with his party and has continued to do so even now that Republicans control both Houses in Maine and the Governor's office. He has sat on energy-related committees and has always formed his own opinions, some in disagreement with his own party, and has not been shy in publicly disagreeing with Governor LePage. Recently he wrote the following op-ed in the Bangor Daily News chiding the Governor for making Maine's energy policy a political football. I know when I read what Stacey has to say on these issues, I'm getting it fair, honest and straight, whether I agree or not. I wouldn't expect anything less from the man I've called my friend for at least 40 years. Hey buddy, if you read this, the next Fresca's on me.
I do need to add that this piece as it initially formed in my head was supposed to be a piece in support of Question 1 and legalizing gay marriage in Maine, as opposed to being back-slap for Stacey. But since it has sorta turned into that, I want to thank him for his eight years of honest service to this community and the people of Maine, and to thank him for his support on this issue. Make sure you vote in November no matter how you feel about these issues but make sure you have as much honest information as you can get.