Fed to Maine Gov. LePage: Return Labor Mural or Pay Us Back $60K

April 5, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—Right now, to paraphrase Maine’s tea party guv Paul LePage (R), his opponents, and they are increasing by the hour, are pointing and laughing at their idiot governor. When asked how he would respond to activists preventing the removal of the labor mural from the Department of Labor, LePage said, “I’d laugh at them, the idiots. That’s what I would do. Come on! Get over yourselves!” Well, who’s doing the laughing now? Since his ridiculously ham-handed removal of a 36-foot mural depicting Maine’s long labor history, for the crime of being anti-business, and glorifying “communist North Korea,” and subsequently hiding it in an undisclosed location, LePage has received national ridicule, condemnation from his own party and has been hit with a federal lawsuit. Now, LePage’s buffoonery may cost his state big bucks. The federal government provided the bulk of the $60,000 grant for the mural to be displayed in an appropriate venue. Now that LePage ripped the mural from the walls of the Department of Labor and secreted it away under lock and key, the fed wants its money back.

The Portland Press Herald reports:

“The U.S. Department of Labor says Gov. Paul LePage violated the terms of a federal grant when he removed a labor-themed mural from a state office building last month.

Now the federal government, which paid most of the mural’s $60,000 cost, wants its money back.

Gay Gilbert, administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Unemployment Insurance, sent a letter Monday to the Maine Department of Labor, requesting reimbursement.”

‘”Alternatively, the state could again display the mural in its headquarters or in another state employment security building,”‘ Gilbert wrote.

Are you experiencing buyer’s remorse yet Maine voters?


Comments

One Response to “Fed to Maine Gov. LePage: Return Labor Mural or Pay Us Back $60K”

  1. majii on April 5th, 2011 11:13 pm

    The call by eight republicans in the state legislature for LePage to tone down his language is not setting well with the tea partiers in Maine. What they don’t realize is that where extremism exists, it’s almost impossible to govern when you have two or more political parties with members in the same legislative body. This is what is happening in the House of Representatives at the present time and is causing problems in reaching a compromise on the budget.

    I’m happy to hear that the federal government is asking for the return of the $60,000 in grant money. The tea partiers seem to be glad that LePage is as obstinate as he is, but I’m wondering how they’ll feel supporting him while he spends the state’s money to defend the pending lawsuits, especially since one of their most beloved gripes is “wasteful” government spending.

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