Maine man investigated for comment about Obama

Published On: Aug 28 2013 07:22:03 AM HST

Police are investigating a candidate for selectman in Sabattus who used a racial slur and suggested shooting President Barack Obama in a Facebook post, officials said.

The comment was made by David Marsters, who is seeking election to the Sabattus Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Andrew Gilmore said. The post has been removed.

“This has now become an active law enforcement investigation because of the nature of the statements,” Gilmore said. “The Sabattus Police Department has notified the proper federal agency as required.”

The Secret Service has questioned Marsters, his family and his neighbors. The FBI has also been notified, officials said.

Marsters said his comments have been taken out of context. Marsters, who spent 18 years as a police officer in Massachusetts and served in the National Guard and decades in the Navy, said he spoke out of anger, and the words he used were a mistake, but he did not threaten the president.

“Well, they were all saying ‘You don’t threaten the president, you don’t like killing people,’” said Marsters, a decorated veteran. “I said, ‘I’m not saying that. This is my own opinion.  Shoot the n*****.’ It’s my First Amendment right.”

Androscoggin County Sheriff Guy Desjardins said he hopes Marsters is punished.

“I think his actions are deplorable and I made a public statement that I hope he'll be accountable for his actions for the full extent of the law,” Desjardins said. “If so, I think his life is about to change, dramatically.”

Gilmore said he found the statement, “Against what I believe any moral, sane person truly believes and represents, regardless of his or her ideology or philosophical views of the world.”

Marsters said when he made the comment his wife had been in and out of the hospital and he was scared they would lose their benefits.

“I made a mistake,” Marsters said. “He made many mistakes. He’s still in office. … When all their rights are taken away and they’re saying, ‘What happened?’ Well you didn't fight for your rights. I'm trying to keep mine. What I have.”

He said he does not think he’ll be charged or the statement will hurt his chances for selectman.

“There’s nothing against me anywhere,” Marsters said. “Don't have a speeding ticket. Don't have a parking ticket. So they're gonna check all that.”

Marsters recently attempted to have an ordinance passed making guns mandatory in Sabattus.


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