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‘I Quit’: Re-elected GOP Lawmaker Leaves The Republican Party

Rep. Don Marean, a Republican lawmaker from Maine who was recently re-elected, announced Thursday that he would be leaving the GOP to become an independent.

Marean confirmed his decision to the Bangor Daily News, but did not offer an explanation for his choice to leave the Republican Party.

Marea said he wouldn’t comment further on his decision “out of respect” for House Republicans, according to the newspaper.

His decision to become an independent reduces the GOP’s minority in the Maine statehouse to 56 and makes him the state’s seventh independent in the chamber. Marean is term-limited and won’t be running in 2020.

Democrats took the majority in the Maine House of Representatives in last year’s election, winning 89 seats of the 151-member chamber, the paper noted.

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