AUGUSTA – Gov. Janet Mills is being called a hypocrite after a photo of her at an ice cream shop without a mask on was posted on Facebook.
A number of Facebook users posted outrage after seeing the photo, with statements such as “Do what I say, not what I do.”
Her supporters immediately attacked the posts, saying the photo was from last year and calling it fake news.
The owner of the Stonington Ice Cream Co. said this week he didn’t know the photo would cause a problem. The governor visited last week and took a photo with an employee. The owner took down the photo shortly after posting it on June 20.
“It’s really a hot button issue because we have an executive in office, our chief executive of our state, who is not leading by example. She put forward an order expecting people to follow the rules while she’s not doing it,” said Adrienne Bennett, a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress.
Bennett was one of the people who reposted the picture with comments.
Mills issued an executive order in April to wear masks in pubic when social distancing was difficult. Violating the order could result in six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The governor’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment about the photo this week, but at Friday’s Maine CDC briefing Mills said she took off her mask when the photo was requested.