Candidate 'Frustrated' With Fundraiser Over Shooting Insults

Aug 9, 2018

A Maine House candidate says she is "frustrated" by an online fundraising campaign on her behalf after her former competitor called a Florida high school shooting survivor a "skinhead lesbian" and called another a "bald-faced liar."

Democrat Eryn Gilchrist tells the Portland Press Herald the fundraiser represents what she doesn't like about politics, which is "capitalizing on something divisive."

The Lewiston Democratic City Committee raised more than $180,000 for Gilchrist after she announced she was running against former Republican candidate Leslie Gibson.

Gibson dropped out in March. He made the remarks following the deadly shootings at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Due to campaign finance laws, Gilchrist can't use any of the money for her campaign.

The Lewiston Democratic Party chair says they will use the money for voter registration.