White separatist town official in city of Maine under attack
PORTLAND, Maine - Leaders in a Maine town said Sunday they will meet with their town manager, who has come under fire f or espousing white separatist views.
Jackman town manager Tom Kawczynski recently made public comments bashing Islam and calling for preserva- tion of white European her itage in norther n New England.
Local officials are scheduled to meet with him on Tuesday. Town lawyer Warren Shay said Sunday the town manager's beliefs aren't shared by Jackman officials, who intend to meet with him at Jackman Town Office at 8:30 a.m.
“The meeting is to talk with the town manager about comments attributed to him in a number of newspapers and other media outlets around the state,'' Shay said. ”The beliefs reflected in those comments are not shared by any of the select persons or the Town of Jackman.”
Kawczynski didn't retur n phone calls from The Associated Press. He moved to Maine a year ago and launched a group called “New Albion'' to promote what he calls” the positive aspects of our European her itage'' in nor ther n New England and Atlantic Canada.
Kawczynski has said he expects to be fired over his actions, but he does not intend to quit, and he does not f eel that his views on race interfere with his work as town manager. His website states that its purpose is ”defending the people and culture of New England.''
The website i ncludes essays t hat make the case f or a voluntar y separation of races, and identifies Kawczynski as ”steward f or New Albion.'' He has also identified as a supporter of President Donald Trump.
The Jackman-Moose River Chamber of Commerce president has said businesses i n the area ”do not condone'' Kawczynski's views. The American Civil Liber ties Union of Maine has condemned him as well.
Many social media users are taking to Jackman-related Facebook pages to call f or Kawczynski to quit or be fired. Jackman is a town of about 850 people near wester n Maine's border with Saint-Théophile, Quebec, about 170 miles north of Portland.