WATCH: Republicans Stripped of Committee Assignments over Dems. Mask Rules

Republicans Stripped of Committee Assignments By Maine Democrat Over Mask Rules

State Rep. Laurel Libby (R) released a video of a confrontation between the seven unmasked Republican lawmakers and a Capitol police officer who told them they are required to wear masks in the state House, even though Gov. Janet Mills (D) released an executive order, effective this week, that ended the state’s mask mandate.

Libby posted to Facebook along with the video:

Yesterday my fellow legislators and I followed Governor Mills’ recent Executive Order making the wearing of masks an individual choice, rather than the Legislative Council’s policy that ignores both the federal and Maine CDC guidelines. We attempted to go to work in the People’s House on behalf of our constituents and were impeded from doing so at the direction of Speaker Ryan Fecteau and other Democrat leaders on the Legislative Council. Apparently Speaker Fecteau only wants to “follow the science” when it is politically expedient.

As a result, I have been stripped of my committee assignment and replaced by a Democrat, rather than one of my fellow Republicans. Speaker Fecteau is not my employer, so he is flexing the only disciplinary muscle he has, outside of calling for my removal. That may well be the next step the Democrat majority attempts, but I have no intention of going anywhere!

“My district elected me to represent them and bring their voice to Augusta, and I will continue to do my job,” Libby stated.

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