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Biddeford State Lawmaker Leaving Democratic Party

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Rep. Martin Grohman, of Biddeford.

A Biddeford lawmaker is leaving the Democratic Party. Rep. Martin Grohman says he will finish out his term as an independent.

Grohman, who manages a roofing company, says he's felt too restricted by Democratic leaders' efforts to get the caucus to vote as a bloc.

"Our state needs to fix, not fight. We've got serious issues to resolve. We need legislators who can cross the partisan divide who are beholden first and foremost to the Maine people, and not to a particular political party," he says.

Correction: Martin Grohman was not Eliot Cutler's finance director.