Earlier this week, Republican operative Michael Pajak was hired as a deputy commissioner in the Department of Conservation by commissioner Bill Beardsley. Pajak served as Beardsley's campaign manager during his recent attempt at the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
Evidence posted in October at the blog AsMaineGoesLolz had suggested that Pajak was the man behind an online identity on the conservative-leaning As Maine Goes message board called The Distributist and that he had written a series of offensive and hateful forum posts using the pseudonym, often targeting gays and Muslims. At the time, I interviewed Pajak about the posts for a piece at Down East and he pointedly declined to deny having written them.
On Friday, soon after MPBN reporter Susan Sharon started asking questions about Pajak's online activities, it was announced that Pajak would no longer be filling the position.
I have a post on all this that will be up soon at Down East.
There's also a thread going on AMG that should provide for some enjoyable reading. I see I've already been compared to the Puritans and the Khmer Rouge,