Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"You're only one person."

I went to the state house on September 20, 2007 to try to get the Senate to block Gorman from becoming a Maine Supreme Court justice. Barry Hobbins is the chair of the Legislature's judiciary committee in Maine. He's an attorney. I had spoken with him previously and he had asked if my son's case had been argued before the medical screening panel. I told him that it had been, and that the panel had decided unanimously that there'd been no breach of standard of care by physicians. Senator Hobbins told me "You're done"; but I knew more than he thought I did about the Maine Health Security Act and the panel's findings. I told him "No we aren't... their decision isn't binding."

At first, District 35 Senator John Martin would not submit my information to his peers. Only after I worked around him to get my paperwork on Joy O'Brien's desk, did he give his stamp of approval. The three pages of information regarding Ellen Gorman included one of the defendant/physician's admission of "valid claim" existing. During a break before the vote, I spoke directly to several senators and asked them to delay the confirmation of Gorman to the Maine Supreme Court until an investigation was made into my allegations. Most said to me: "You're only one person." A 2/3'rds majority would have stopped Gorman; I didn't even come close. Bipartisan politics isn't always a good thing.

I'd like to add that I spoke with Mal Leary, well-known editor of Capital News Service (located in the state house) and a prominent supporter of open government laws. I offered him an interview, but he declined. He was unwilling to report about the due process rights violations I told him about.

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