Maine House District 11
Merletti served in the Navy and Army National Guard for 25 years. He also worked 18 years as a machinist for Machinist United Technology. He has served as a foster parent and is an active member of the Tea Party. He is married to his wife Lynn. They have two children.
Merletti's 2011 special election campaign site emphasized several key policy positions and campaign themes:
- "I have been working hard as a Republican and patriotic citizen to help elect Constitutional legislators on a Federal level, local and statewide. I have been invited to speak before Maine Patriots and many of the Tea Party groups... I believe in GOD-given rights, natural and common laws. I do not believe in immoral, un-natural laws, such as abortion, anti-gun laws, same sex marriages, and unfair taxes for consumers and business... My political motivations fit right in with the state and national movement...to return the dignity, sovereignty, free enterprise-capitalist system, liberty, freedom and GOD-given rights back to Maine's people... I am not just registered as a Republican; I am a working Republican who has already proven myself as a devoted person that has taken on the task to bring this state back to the intent of the Maine Constitution."
Merletti declared his candidacy as a write-in candidate after losing in the Republican caucus. Due to party rules, only 20 people participated in the caucus. Merletti has argued that the caucus was not representative of the true sentiment of Republican voters. The state party chairman argues that Merletti is a fringe candidate upset about his defeat. In either case, dividing Republican votes could prove favorable for Democratic candidate Deanna House.
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