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Maine legislator takes week absence, fellow lawmaker drops protection order

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May 14, 2012

Maine state Rep. Alexander Cornell du Houx

BELFAST, Maine: The old saying that you shouldn't date someone you work with has been playing itself out recently in the Maine State Legislature. Following the end of a romantic relationship, Rep. Erin Herbig (D) sought a protection from abuse order against Rep. Alexander Cornell du Houx (D), claiming he stalked and harassed her, threatening "to use his military training tactics" against her if she didn't drop the complaints.[1]

In an email to the Bangor Daily News earlier this month, Cornell du Houx stated, "We lived together for almost a year and were engaged to be married and I have the highest respect for Erin. Her statement is completely false. This is a personal matter between Erin and myself over an engagement that sadly did not work. This is just a messy breakup of a loving couple."[1]

Belfast District Court Judge Patricia Worth granted the temporary protection order on April 30, serving it on Cornell du Houx the following day. It mandated that he surrender any firearms or dangerous weapons in his possession. Herbig withdrew the order today and is expected to release a statement regarding the matter soon. Meanwhile, Cornell du Houx said he is taking a week absence from the chamber in order to "calm the situation."[2]

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