AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - After an hour-long debate, the Maine Senate finalized the appointment of William Beardsley for the state Board of Education.
Senators confirmed Beardsley on Thursday after a debate in which minority Democrats claimed a cloud hangs over the appointment due to a child-sex investigation of the Rev. Robert Carlson, who had been campus chaplain at Husson University where Beardsley was president for 22 years.
Republicans maintained that the case over Carlson, who committed suicide last November, is closed and that it was unfair to deny Beardsley the appointment. In the end, Beardsley was confirmed with less than the two-thirds vote needed to override a committee recommendation favoring Beardsley.
In other action, senators confirmed Daniel Billings, Gov. Paul LePage's legal counsel, as a District Court judge. Dozens of other nominees were confirmed.
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