In response to remarks made by Rep. Lemelin and affirmed by Rep. Rudnicki regarding the October 25, 2023 shooting in Lewiston, Maine, the Maine Democratic Party released the following statement:

“Rep. Lemelin’s incredibly cruel remarks have no place in the Maine House and are an affront to the pain Mainers are still suffering as a result of this tragedy. To try to ascribe a religious justification to the horrific loss of life in Lewiston is a complete abdication of these lawmakers’ responsibilities to the people of Maine. Mainers expect and deserve compassionate, principled leadership from our elected officials.”