Brunswick Dems to select Cornell du Houx replacement

The Brunswick Democratic Town Committee, the local party committee charged with finding a replacement for Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx, will meet July 14 to settle on a Democratic candidate for the House District 66 ballot in November.

Committee chairman Andy Cashman said this morning that the committee will meet at 3 p.m. in the Morrill Meeting Room of Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library.

The Brunswick Democratic Town Committee must select a Democratic replacement for Cornell du Houx now that the embattled Brunswick lawmaker has dropped his reelection bid.

Cornell du Houx said last week he would abandon his reelection effort due to an assignment with the U.S. Navy that begins in January, about the same time a new Legislature would be getting to work in Augusta.

But Cornell du Houx had also been under pressure to drop out from the Maine Democratic Party, which was afraid that Cornell du Houx’s personal life could become a distraction during an election year in which the Democrats are hoping to regain control of the state’s Legislature. Cornell du Houx was the subject of a temporary protection from abuse order this spring, filed by legislative colleague Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast.

Herbig claimed that Cornell du Houx had stalked, harassed and threatened her after their relationship ended. But Herbig later withdrew the protection order after she and Cornell du Houx reached a private agreement, and Maine State Police ended their investigation into the matter without filing charges or interviewing du Houx.

Under Maine law, a local party committee can choose a replacement for a candidate who withdraws after the primary. The Brunswick Democratic Town Committee must make its selection by July 23.

Cashman said he had been waiting to receive an official notice of Cornell du Houx’s withdrawal from the Secretary of State’s office before scheduling a nominating caucus.

Cashman said no candidates for the nomination have yet officially thrown their hats into the ring for the nomination.

Update, 12:28 p.m.

Ramona du Houx, Cornell du Houx’s mother, writes below to clarify that police ended their investigation into Herbig’s accusations before Herbig and Cornell du Houx reached the agreement that resulted in Herbig withdrawing the temporary protection from abuse order.