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Blanchard Gets Mixed Decision from Fellow Lawmakers 

The Maine House Ethics Committee comes up with a mixed-decision in the case of an Old Town lawmaker accused of abusing his power.Today the committee convened for five hours hearing contradictory versions of what happened on the fourth of July between Representative Richard Blanchard and law enforcement officials.Two fire marshals and a game warden showed up at his lakeside camp in Enfield after fireworks were set off.Authorities claimed the Blanchard poked an officer in the chest and say he was drunk. Blanchard said that’s not true.The committee voted unanimously that there was no proof Blanchard received preferential treatment but they agreed that his conduct was unbecoming of a legislator.