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Hayes Statement on Government Shutdown

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"This is what happens when the two parties never stop campaigning. They never transition to governing. They don’t build relationships based on mutual respect and trust, so they are increasingly uncivil and unwilling to compromise."

State Treasurer Terry Hayes, Maine’s only non-partisan constitutional officer and the independent, Clean Elections candidate for Governor said the following about the partisan dysfunction that led to today’s government shutdown:

“Once again a government shutdown could have been avoided, but partisanship got in the way of reaching a deal and keeping the lights on. It’s reckless and irresponsible to shut down the government.”

Treasurer Hayes went on to identify the problem,

“This is what happens when the two parties never stop campaigning. They never transition to governing. They don’t build relationships based on mutual respect and trust, so they are increasingly uncivil and unwilling to compromise. Our country pays a heavy price for their intransigence, petty bickering, and constant pandering to wealthy donors and special interests.”

Hayes addressed how she’ll lead differently as Maine’s next Governor,

“When I’m elected Governor on November 6th, we’ll stop campaigning on Election Night and start transitioning to governing on Day One. As an independent and Clean Election candidate, I’m only beholden to Maine people, not to party leaders or wealthy donors. That’s why my Administration will hire the best and brightest talent regardless of party and our policies will always put the best interests of Maine people ahead of any special interests.”