Maine Republican Party chairman Charlie Webster is doubling down on his suggestion that there were “improprieties” at the Maine polls last week, insisting he received complaints from candidates in small towns across the state that “new people came to vote” and “I believe that that’s questionable.”
Webster has been the source of some controversy after suggesting in an interview with WCSH-TV this week that “In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day.”
“Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in [these] towns knows anyone who’s black,” Webster told WCSH-TV’s Don Carrigan. “How did that happen? I don’t know. We’re going to find out.”
Reached on his cell phone by CBSNews.com, Webster refused to provide details regarding the specific towns in question, the number of “new” voters to whom he was referring, or the percentage of those people who were African-American. Megan Sanborn, a spokesperson for Secretary of State Charlie Summers, told CBSNews.com the office had not received any complaints or accusations of voter fraud from the past election, and that there had been no noticeable uptick in African-American turnout in the state.
“At this point this has become much more drama than I want to deal with,” said Webster. “I didn’t realize that [Maine] had changed so much that we have to be so politically correct, and I apologize if someone was offended.”