9/13/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
As the smoke begins to settle on GideonGate, we are getting an inside look at the motives of one of the RINOs who voted against investigating Speaker of the Swamp Sara Gideon for her inept handling of the Dillon Bates scandal.
Maine First Media has obtained an e-mail exchange between Assistant House Minority Leader, Ellie Espling (R-New Gloucester) and a long-time conservative activist, Helen Tutwiler.
Rep. Espling was one of four Republicans to vote against the House Order sponsored by Rep. Paula Sutton (R-Warren) that — if it had passed — would have convened the House Ethics Committee to investigate Democrat House “leadership” as to why no investigation was launched to determine if then-Rep. Bates was guilty of the allegations made against him. Did he, or did he not, have multiple inappropriate relationships with minor girls while he was a teacher and coach at, the now-defunct, Maine Girls’ Academy?
Maine First Media has previously explained in detail why Rep. Sutton was insisting on an investigation into Swamp Speaker Gideon and her minions Rep. Erin Herbig (D-Belfast) (now running for the State Senate) and Rep. Jared Golden (D-Lewiston) (now running for the 2nd Congressional District seat).
Tutwiler e-mailed Rep. Espling and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) expressing her disappointment in their votes. As you can read below in the e-mail exchange, Rep. Espling gets more contentious as the back-and-forth goes on.
From: Helen TutwilerCc: Paula SuttonSent: Monday, September 03, 2018 7:30 PMSubject: HO 75 “House Order, That the House Committee on Ethics Convene To Consider the Speaker’s Actions with Regard to Former Representative Dillon Bates” Sponsored by Representative Paula SuttonDear Rep. Fredette & Rep. Espling,I find it reprehensible that both of you agreed with the House Speaker Gideon to table the house order Rep. Sutton put forth. I did a lit drop for you Rep. Espling. Never again. My Rep. Gay Grant supported the rest of the Republicans and she is a Democrat. Both of you are hypocrites. You have no interest in protecting our children from sexual predators.Helen TutwilerGardiner
On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 1:53 PM, Ellie Espling <[email protected]> wrote:
Helen, Thanks for expressing your frustration. The House order would never pass and Rep. Bates has resigned. I disagreed with Rep. Sutton’s handling of the situation. I also disagreed with the Speaker’s handling of the situation. Attacking Republicans we disagree with will surely get Democrats elected this fall, keep up the good work!
From: Helen TutwilerTo: Ellie EsplingSent: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 2:35 PMSubject: Re: HO 75 “House Order, That the House Committee on Ethics Convene To Consider the Speaker’s Actions with Regard to Former Representative Dillon Bates” Sponsored by Representative Paula SuttonWhat handling are you talking about?? Rep Sutton had the support of the rest of the Republicans.
On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 3:28 PM, Ellie Espling <[email protected]> wrote:
Other Republicans voted to table the order as well. I don’t agree with Rep. Sutton’s approach to move an order that can’t pass, it accomplishes nothing. If Rep. Bates had not resigned I would have supported an order to bring him before Ethics. The real battle is winning in the election so we can have a republican majority and choose a new speaker. We have to win in November, so much is at stake. I am focused on what I know we can and should win, seats.
There you have it, straight from the fingers of the Assistant Minority Leader — she’s focused on winning seats, NOT protecting Maine children or ensuring the Constitutional right of due process.