Augusta, MAINE—Maine Democratic Party Chair Phil Bartlett issued the following statement on the re-election of Maine GOP Chair Dr. Demi Kouzounas and Vice Chair Nick Isgro. Last year, Isgro made headlines for his bigoted statements and social media post attacking a survivor of the Parkland school shooting.

“The Maine GOP has made the choice to double down on a strategy that saw them lose the Blaine House, the Maine State Senate, and the ME-02 Congressional seat. By choosing Nick Isgro as one of their party leaders, they’re sending a clear message to Mainers that they’re looking to continue the hateful and divisive rhetoric that was so prominent during the LePage administration—rhetoric that was soundly rejected by Mainers in November.”