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Maine’s Assistant Senate GOP Leader Resigns From Leadership Post

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Mal Leary
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Maine Public
Andrew Cushing (left) with his lawyer Josh Tardy in August.

Assistant Senate GOP Leader Andre Cushing of Newport has resigned from his leadership post, saying he wants to devote more time to his family.

Republican sources say there’s a need to have someone in the role that will help the GOP keep control of the Senate, and that Cushing can’t commit the time needed to both serve as a senator and direct the campaign efforts.

Cushing has filed to run for re-election to the Senate. Republican senators could elect a new assistant leader next month when they return to the State House to handle vetoes from the special session.

Senate President Mike Thibodeau praised Cushing’s service in leadership.