Wednesday, April 23, 2014
WATERVILLE -- Republican Andrew G. Roy has dropped out of the race for mayor after finding it difficult to gather signatures, he said Saturday.
He knocked on the doors of about 100 registered Republicans in Ward 1 for three hours on Thursday, he said, and only collected five petition signatures. He needed at least 105, across all seven wards, to get on the ballot for the Nov. 8 mayoral election.
"Most people don't have time to even be home because they're working, as far as Republicans go," he said. "It's just going to be a waste of time if I continue on at this point."
It's not that people don't support him, he said, but that residents are frustrated with both country and city politics.
"Some of them told me to go to Congress and shoot them all because they are just screwing everybody," he said. He clarified he had no violent intentions.
"They've given up," he said. "It has nothing to do with me. It's all to with how the city's been run for many, many years."
Roy, 37, owner of Andy's DJ Service, was facing Democratic Mayor Dana Sennett in the race.
Sennett, 59, an advertising account executive for the Morning Sentinel, has been a councilor for 15 years, 10 of those as chairman. Sennett was opposed by Roy when he was elected mayor in June to fill the remainder of an unexpired term previously held by Paul LePage, who resigned to become Maine governor. November's election is for the next complete term, which begins in January.
Roy has criticized the city council in the past and did so again on Saturday. "We've got weeds on some parts of the streets that are three feet tall, and they want to build a new police station and a new opera house, and it's just really sickening," he said.
He also recently posted an online video of a state police roadblock, calling it comparable to Nazi Gestapo training.
Roy videotaped the safety check July 25 on College Avenue and posted it on YouTube with a declaration that the methods are similar to those used by Adolf Hitler.
The YouTube video is labeled, "Police Safety Inspection or Gestapo Training?" A paragraph accompanying it says: "This is how Hitler used to do business isn't it."
On another page of his YouTube account is a photo of Roy wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood in front of a Confederate flag. Roy said he was ridiculing the Klan and its beliefs in the posting.
The state police safety check is not the first time Roy has criticized law enforcement.
When Roy ran unsuccessfully against Sennett for the unexpired mayor term in the June 14 election, he promised to work on police reform if elected and talk with the Waterville police chief about the department.
"The whole Gestapo thing's got to be cut down," Roy said at the time.
Roy contends that, even though police say road safety checks like the one conducted July 25 are legal, they violate the Fourth Amendment, prohibiting illegal search and seizure.
Roy's YouTube video posting referring to Hitler and the Nazis, who killed millions of people during and before World War II, is followed by further comments critical of police.
"We need security not Policing & Harassing," the posting says. "This is how they train New Police Officers here in Maine. This is what they call field training. They stop every vehicle to PROFILE each CITIZEN that is trying to drive home. If they THINK you have been doing something after sticking a flash light in your eyes and eyeballing your vehicle. Violation of human rights if you ask me or did we give them away already?"
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