Protesters Deliver ‘Pink Slips’ to Bruce Poliquin in Wake of Health Care Vote

May 10, 2017

More than 100 people gathered Wednesday outside the Bangor offices of Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin to warn him that his affirmative vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act could cost him his job.

The protest was called by the progressive Maine People’s Alliance and the crowd delivered 1,500 “pink slips” that the event organizers say were signed by voters in Maine’s 2nd District, which Poliquin represents.

Staffers at U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin's Bangor office tell protesters leave their pink slips outside the front door and then turn their backs on the cameras.
Credit A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Dr. Mark Lupinetti, an Orono cardiovascular surgeon, accused Poliquin of putting special interests above the voters.

“Congressman Poliquin’s vote is clearly one more example of his putting the interests of big corporations, special interests and his Wall Street buddies ahead of the well-being of a disabled woman in Dover-Foxcroft and ahead of the senior citizen in Caribou who could see her hospital closed due to inadequate funding,” he says.

Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, says Poliquin’s vote was appropriate and that his detractors had their facts wrong about the ACA.

“I’m here to tell the truth about Obamacare and the Affordable Health Care Act and to ask these protestors to start allowing these congressional offices to get back to serving all of the people of this district instead of just the protestors who show up day after day,” he says.

A spokesman for Poliquin’s office dismissed the pink slip warning as a publicity stunt that did not warrant further comment.