James “Jimmy” Cook was John Richardson volunteer

New documents show that James “Jimmy” Cook has been a volunteer on John Richardson’s campaign to be governor.
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The Maine State House in Augusta.

New documents have come to light that show that James “Jimmy” Cook has been a volunteer on John Richardson’s campaign to be governor.

James “Jimmy” Cook

A story by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, published last week, documented how Cook, despite not appearing to meet the minimum job requirements, got two professional-level jobs in the state Department of Economic and Community Development in 2007-2008 when Richardson ran that agency.

Cook’s primary work experience was as a UPS truck driver and Teamster political activist and organizer.

In an interview for that story, Richardson said on the phone that Cook had not been a paid worker on his campaign nor a volunteer. In a subsequent email exchange with Richardson’s communications director, Monica Castellanos, she repeated that Cook had not been paid worker, but did not clear up if he had been a volunteer.

Since then, the Center has discovered four “Primary Nomination Petitions” for Richardson’s candidacy that were circulated by Cook. The petitions, which are signed by registered voters, are a required part of the process to get on the ballot.

Castellanos subsequently confirmed that Cook has been a volunteer in Richardson’s campaign.

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John Christie

John Christie is the co-founder, former publisher and former senior reporter of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. He has covered local, state and national politics as a reporter, editor and publisher at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and Florida and holds a BA in political science from the University of New Hampshire.
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