SABATTUS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The town of Sabattus, Maine is trying to sever ties with a local man who made threatening
comments and a racial slur about President Barack Obama on his Facebook page.
David Marsters currently serves as a volunteer on several town committees and plans to run for a vacant seat on the Sabattus Board of Selectmen.
Marsters says he disagrees with the President's policies and wants him out of office as soon as possible.
Last weekend, he posted "Shoot the N-----" under an image of the President and shared it with his Facebook friends.
While his post has since been deleted, the screen shot was sent anonymously to the Sabattus Town office.
"We took this very seriously," said Tony Ward, Sabattus Police Chief. "We immediately contacted the Secret Service, did a joint investigation and did a threat analysis to determine the likelihood of this action occurring."
Marsters, who is a retired Malden, Massachusetts police officer and Vietnam Veteran, now says it was a poor choice of words.
"I regret it. Through all this controversy, Yes. I regret it," said Marsters.
But he says he still believes he was within his First Amendment rights..
This is not the first time his actions have stirred up controversy.
In March, Marsters proposed an ordinance that would have required all Sabattus residents to own a gun.
Sabattus Town Manager Andrew Gilmore says he's embarrassed by the negative light it casts on the town and its residents.
"This is so much more than a poor choice of words," said Gilmore. "It's incredibly unfortunate that it comes on the anniversary of the March on Washington. We should be celebrating, instead of being embarrassed because one person in town didn't get the memo that this is not acceptable."
The Board of Selectmen has called a special meeting for Thursday at which time they'll consider removing Marsters from all town boards and committees. Marsters currently volunteers on five.
While the Selectmen can do that, they can't stop him from running for public office and Marsters says he has gathered enough signatures to get his name on the November ballot.
"It's up to the voters to decide if they want me or not, not some politician." said Marsters holding his nomination papers.
At this point, Marsters has not been charged with any crimes connected to his comment about the President.
Calls to the Secret Service were not returned.