Lewiston Mayor Resigns After Text Message Controversy

LEWISTON, Maine (AP)-The mayor of Maine’s second largest town stepped down in the wake of a controversy over his leaked text messages, one of which included a racist remark.

Republican Shane Bouchard stepped down as Lewiston’s mayor effective immediately on Friday morning. The text messages were made public by a women who claims she had an affair with Bouchard when he was a mayoral candidate. The messages revealed a remark made by Bouchard where he describes elderly African American people as “antique farm equipment.”
Bouchard has admitted to making mistakes and says the media is reporting on “rumors”.
The attorney general’s office is assisting with the Lewiston Police Department investigation.