Legislator says she had tense encounters in 2019 with Mainer charged in DC riot

Legislator says she had tense encounters in 2019 with Mainer charged in DC riot

Michele Meyer Credit: Courtesy of Michele Meyer A southern Maine legislator said she had two unnerving encounters in 2019 with Kyle Fitzsimons, the first Mainer charged in connection with the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. They show why an Augusta office building where legislative committees meet should have metal detectors and security screening, as the neighboring State House does, she said. Rep. Michele Meyer, an Eliot Democrat, said Fitzsimons followed her into a Kittery parking lot in the spring of 2019, parked his truck behind her vehicle so she could not exit and asked her how she planned to vote on a gun safety bill. About two weeks later, Fitzsimons called out to Meyer from across the fourth-floor rotunda at the State House in Augusta. She outlined those encounters in a Feb. 6 email to Maine Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck, who is responsible for policing the State House complex in Augusta. She shared a copy of the email with the Bangor Daily News. Meyer, who is the House chairperson of the Health and Human Services Committee, said she “has been deeply concerned” about the lack of security at the Cross Building given the dangers lawmakers now face because of their work. “The absence of any security left me, my colleagues, staff and the thousands of Mainers who visit and participate in state government, vulnerable and unsafe,” she said. “Multiple entry points and no metal detectors or screening are an invitation for violence should someone have such an intent.” […]

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