Maine Gov. Takes Down ‘Communist North Korea’ Labor Mural

March 28, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—Paul LePage, Maine’s ridiculous tea party governor, got his wish this weekend, when a labor mural depicting the history of Maine’s workers was removed from the walls of the Department of Labor, so as not to offend business owners with scenes of “Rosie the Riveter” and striking workers at a paper mill. LePage’s controversial order to remove the anti-business “one-sided decor,” sparked a public outcry and subjected LePage to mockery for his mean-spirited and very public assault on Maine’s workers. The colorful 36-foot mural created by a Maine artist, will remain in a storage locker until Mainers manage to elect a governor who’s not a tea party buffoon.

The Politico writes:

“A mural depicting vignettes of state and national labor history was removed over the weekend from Maine’s Labor Department headquarters in Augusta, Gov. Paul LePage’s office said Monday morning.”

“The 11-panel mural that includes images of worker strikes and “Rosie the Riveter” was moved into a storage facility over the weekend, said Dan Demeritt, the governor’s director of communications and legislative affairs. It will be kept in storage until it can be “transfer[red] to a more appropriate venue,”’ he confirmed to POLITICO.

What venue could me more appropriate than the Department of Labor? The department of Communist union thugs, perhaps?

When LePage first ordered the removal of the labor mural, his spokesman claimed his action was in direct response to complaints from “some business owners.”

“According to LePage spokesman Dan Demeritt, the administration felt the mural and the conference room monikers showed “one-sided decor” not in keeping with the department’s pro-business goals.”

‘”The message from state agencies needs to be balanced,” said Demeritt, adding that the mural had sparked complaints from “some business owners” who complained it was hostile to business.”‘

When pressed to produce evidence of complaints, LePage’s office was only able to scrounge up an anonymous letter from a crank signed from, “A Secret Admirer.”

“In this mural I observed a figure which closely resembles the former commissioner of labor,” reads the letter. “In studying the mural I also observed that this mural is nothing but propaganda to further the agenda of the Union movement. I felt for a moment that I was in communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the masses.”

It’s perfectly reasonable to make executive decisions, based on an anonymous letter from a deranged constituent, comparing labor unions to North Korea, right?

In LePage’s world it is.

This is the same guy who attacked the NAACP during the Martin Luther King holiday, as an inconsequential “special interest” group, telling them to “kiss my butt.” And during his campaign he bragged that once elected, he planned to tell “Obama to go to hell.”


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