Maine Speaker's political and personal fortunes rose rapidly as her family business swirled into collapse
Members of the press,
When Sara Gideon moved to Maine in 2004, she hit the ground running. While rising quickly through the political ranks, Gideon's family business skidded into foreclosure.
Below is a timeline showing the contrasting directions of the Rhode Island native's political and business activities during her first ten years in Maine.
Gideon moved to Maine
Gideon's family business, Concord Brook LLC, starts developing the "Gideon's Way" condo development
Gideon's husband signs $4 million loan for development
Sara Gideon works as Director of Marketing for Concord Brook LLC
Concord Brook LLC stops paying property taxes
Concord Brook LLC begins accruing the first of 77 tax liens on their development
Sara Gideon runs for and wins an open seat on the Freeport Town Council
Concord Brook LLC continues delinquency on Freeport property taxes
Concord Brook LLC's "Gideon's Way" properties are auctioned at foreclosure for $622,000
Concord Brook LLC continues tax delinquency
Concord Brook LLC pays off final tax lien
Sara Gideon purchases more land in Freeport to develop as "The Gideon Subdivision"
Sara Gideon runs successfully for the State House
Sara Gideon purchases million-dollar mansion in South Freeport
Sara Gideon re-elected to House
Sara Gideon elected as Assistant House Majority Leader
Sara Gideon has not been in Maine long, but she's already become Maine's Speaker of the House, and her family business has already steered a multi-million dollar condo development into foreclosure.
So far, Sara Gideon has not been honest with Maine voters about the history of her family business. The people of Maine expect and deserve honesty from their elected officials.
It's time for Sara to start telling the truth about Gideon's Way.