Maine’s New Governor Reportedly Vows to Have State Workers Help Get GOP Elected
January 28, 2011
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—Paul LePage, Maine’s newly-elected governor who ran on a Tea Party-backed ticket, is under fire for potential violations of Maine law. LePage’s communications director Dan Demerritt reportedly sent an email to LePage’s advisors saying “once we take office, Paul will put 11,000 bureaucrats to work getting Republicans re-elected,” rawstory.com reports. Using taxpayer-funded public employees to work on political campaigns is illegal in Maine.
LePage had already caused a firestorm earlier this month when he rejected the NAACP’s invitation to attend Martin Luther King Day events and asked the group to “kiss my butt.” LePage previously said he wouldn’t be afraid to tell President Obama to “go to hell,” rawstory.com notes.
Demerritt’s letter was obtained by a blogger at Dirigo Blue, and the Maine Democratic party expressed frustration at LePage’s apparent interest in putting politics before the people of Maine, rawstory.com reports.