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Democrats ask Republican Representative to resign following controversial comments

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- The Maine Democratic Party asked Republican Representative Lawrence Lockman Wednesday to resign following statements attributed to him on a blog.

The statements surfaced Tuesday in a post by Mike Tipping, a liberal political blogger quoting Rep. Lockman of Amherst.

In it Tipping references remarks Rep. Lockman had made that Democrats say glorify rape, demean people living with HIV/AIDS, and attack the LGBT community.

Tipping also cites a 1995 letter in the Lewiston Sun Journal in which a reader quotes a statement attributed to Lockman saying "If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn't a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman?  "At least the rapist's pursuit of sexual freedom doesn't (in most cases) result in anyone's death."

Many Democrats feel anyone saying this should not be an elected official.
"Certainly the people of Maine do not tolerate the types of things when you're talking about rape when you're talking about addiction to sodomy when you're talking about these types of things that are really out of line for any elected official to be saying," said Mark Eves, Democratic House Speaker.

In response to the recent blog post, Representative Lockman sent a statement saying, "I have always been passionate about my beliefs, and years ago I said things that I regret. I hold no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation, and today I am focused on ensuring freedom and economic prosperity for all Mainers."

Tipping tells CBS13 News he emailed Rep. Lockman on Saturday, prior to posting the statements on his blog. Tipping says he never heard back from Lockman.

The Maine Democratic Party is also asking Governor LePage and Republican leaders to follow suit in asking for Lockman's resignation.