Republican nominee Stavros Mendros’ history of ethics violations as a candidate and as a political operative stretches back over a decade
Stavros Mendros, a Republican political operative and former state legislator, was nominated by York County Republicans and filed paperwork with the Maine Ethics Commission to run against Democratic Senator Justin Chenette.
Mendros is well-known in Maine for his involvement in several ethical scandals surrounding ballot initiatives and signature gathering efforts, with the most recent controversy stemming from his work for Republican Senate candidate Max Linn this year. Linn turned in ballot access petitions to the Secretary of State’s office that contained the signatures of dead people.
Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett issued the following statement:
“The contrast between these two candidates right out of the gate couldn’t be clearer. Senator Justin Chenette is a member of the ethics committee and one of the most upstanding members of the Maine Senate, while his new opponent has consistently had to defend himself against charges of ethical wrongdoing.
“The Maine Republican Party should be condemning Mendros, not recruiting and endorsing him for public office. Every Republican candidate should let us know whether or not they support Mendros and his unethical conduct.
“Democrats have fielded a competitive candidate in all 35 Maine Senate districts, while Maine Republicans had such a hard time finding a candidate for this race that they nominated a scandal-plagued former Representative of Lewiston to run for a Senate seat in York County. Coupled with their inability to recruit candidates in three other Senate races, it speaks volumes about what Republicans think their chances are in November.”
Contact: Chris Glynn | 207-357-3507