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Sean Flaherty

Flaherty Charged With OUI

The AP has now confirmed rumors that Rep. Sean Flaherty of Scarborough is being charged with driving under the influence after a rollover on I-295 on Sunday in which he sustained minor injuries.

Flaherty, a Democrat, is in his first term after unseating Republican Rep. John McDonough with 56% of the vote in 2008. He is slated to face Republican Amy Volk in November.

Flaherty was, coincidentally, the subject of an op-ed printed in the Press Herald just yesterday by Senator Joe Brannigan, who praised him for his legislative work and touted the "maturity and wisdom" of Maine's young legislators.

Until today, I would have agreed with him about Flaherty, whom I know professionally and personally. Fellow legislative candidate Alex Steed has written some words that seem to sum things up well.

According to A.J. Higgins, Flaherty said he will be making a statement sometime today.

Socio-Political Networking

WLOB has an interview with newly minted Scarborough representative Sean Flaherty. He discusses his race and mentions the online component of his recent campaign.

Watching the clip is worth it just to hear the phrase "old-fashioned viral networking."

Online Social Networks in Local Campaigns

Newly elected Scarborough representative Sean Flaherty has written a fascinating diary at Turn Maine Blue about his use of facebook and the internet during his successful campaign to unseat Republican John McDonough.

We used Facebook to distribute information about campaign news and events, but more importantly, to remind people to sign up to vote early, or if they were away, vote absentee. About once a week during the final 6 weeks, we sent a message. Each one concluded with, "Remember to sign up for your absentee ballot, call now..." I truly believe this was instrumental in helping to reminded college kids and recent grads like myself, to get their ballot early.

Facebook was also key in reaching out to the absentee voters who I didn't know. Each week, the town clerks in Maine would forward to the State Parties complete lists of people who had applied for an Absentee Ballot. The State Party said to call all these folks or send them a brochure. And I did just that. But the first thing that I did was highlight every single voter who was between the ages of 18 and 29. Then, I went onto Facebook, searched for their name, and sent them a message.

Be sure to also check out his website and facebook group.