New Group Aims to Become Maine's Constitutional Watchdog

Aug 14, 2014

Wayne Leach of the newly-formed group We the People of Maine talks about the initiative at a State House news conference.
Credit Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Members of the Constitutional Coalition of Maine have formed a new group called We The People of Maine.  Phil Merletti, one of the organizers, says the group aims to act as a watchdog over government at all levels in Maine.

"As far as we know, no one has ever organized a constitutional corporation based on the premises that, from this day forward, every action in the state of Maine will be scrutinized and compared to the national and Maine Constitutions," Merletti said today at an Augusta news conference.

Organizers of the group say elected officials at all levels of Maine government have not been following the state or federal Constitution. They believe that "thousands" of Mainers agree with them and will join the organization, which they say is non-political.

They say similar organizations have been set up in New York and Connecticut to hold politicians accountable, regardless of their political party.