- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A liberal activist group in Maine is apologizing for sending out a mailer that appeared to make light of a Republican lawmaker’s medical condition.

The mailers from the Maine People's Alliance, which accused Republicans of having “no spine” for voting against Medicaid expansion, were sent to the district represented by a state Rep. Dale Crafts, who uses a wheelchair.

Mike Tipping, communications director for the alliance that helps elect Democrats, publicly apologized for the mailer.

Tipping tells the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1iSXgAc ) that he also apologized directly to Crafts, of Lisbon Falls.

Crafts called the alliance a “bunch of liberal windbags.”

Democratic House majority leader Rep. Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan called the offending mailer a “terrible oversight” and said he was “disappointed” by its actions.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com