Geoffrey Gratwick

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Geoffrey Gratwick
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 32nd district
In office
December 5, 2012 – Present
Preceded by Nichi Farnham
Personal details
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Lucy
Profession Physician

Dr. Geoffrey Gratwick is an American politician and physician from Maine. Gratwick is a Democrat State Senator from Maine's 32nd District, representing part of Penobscot County, including the City of Bangor and the neighboring town of Hermon. In 2012, he won a hotly contested race and beat incumbent Republican Nichi Farnham to become State Senator. The Gratwick-Farnham race had the most outside spending of any State Senate race in Maine in 2012, with more than $450,000 of combined outside spending. Gratwick's win was one of several races in which a Democrat defeated an incumbent Republican, which helped the Democrats win a majority in the State Senate after losing it in 2010.[1] A physician, he attended Harvard University, Cambridge University, Cornell University and Columbia Medical School.[2]

On September 9, 2014, the Maine Republican Party released a recording of Gratwick stating that Democratic candidate for Governor Rep. Mike Michaud was "not a brain guy". The released recording, apparently made by someone identified only as "Jim", seemed to be part of a larger one, but the Maine GOP declined to release the unedited tape, citing concern the person who made the recording could be identified. They further stated the release was made to show "dissension in the ranks" of Maine Democrats regarding Michaud. Gratwick stated in response that he apologized and supports Michaud "200 percent" and his comments were taken out of context. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Long, Robert (November 6, 2012). "GOP: Gratwick defeats Farnham". The Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Senator Geoffrey Gratwick Biography - Project Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Thistle, Scott (September 9, 2014). "Maine GOP releases recording of Gratwick saying Michaud is ‘not a brain guy’". The Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 11 September 2014.