Rep. Bruce Poliquin,R-2nd District, can run, but he cannot hide, at least until after the 2018 election.

Lucky for Bruce, he was in Washington when he ducked into a women’s bathroom to avoid the press. If he had been in North Carolina, he might have been in real trouble.

It is deeply sad that Maine’s 2nd District is represented by someone who is either is too embarrassed or too conflicted to tell the public where he stands. Or, as Poliquin himself said: “It would be stupid for me to engage the national media to give them and everybody else the ammunition they need and we would lose this seat, but I get it.” (“Poliquin says he dodges press for fear of losing congressional seat,” Aug. 25)

Why would speaking the truth put him in danger of losing the next election? Are Maine voters unable understand why he voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a plan that would (after the 2020 election) drop 24 million Americans from insurance coverage? When Speaker Ryan asks Poliquin to support “tax reform” that cuts taxes for the rich without closing loopholes, will he hide until after his vote is counted?

I can only guess that Rep. Polquin has reason to fear the truth, just as the voters of the 2nd District have reason to fear a congressman who wants to hide from the truth.

Michael Grunko

Chebeague Island

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