Maine Tea Party Guv Hides Commie Labor Mural in Undisclosed Location

March 31, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)— And the kookery beat goes on. While Wisconsin’s tea party governor is busy thumbing his nose at a so-called “leftist” judge who’s terrorizing Republicans by shopping “at organic gourmet food shops,” and the grifter tea party guv in Florida spends his days dreaming up new ways to scam his constituents and line his own pockets, Maine’s very own tea party fool is trying to rewrite history by secreting away a labor mural under lock and key. Maine Gov. Paul LePage is facing fresh outrage and legal trouble, after removing a mural depicting Maine’s labor history from the walls of the Department of Labor for the crime of depicting “one-sided decor” not in keeping with his administration’s pro-business agenda. It turns out that removing the mural may have breached a written contract between the artist Judy Taylor and the Labor Department. Welcome to tea party governance. It’s getting ugly out there.

The 36-foot mural was ripped from the Labor Department’s walls last weekend and put in storage. But strangely, LePage refuses to reveal its location. The back-story is stranger still. LePage’s justification for removing the mural, was, he said, based in part on complaints about it from “some business owners.” But when pressed to show evidence of complaints, the best he could come up with was a bizarre anonymous letter comparing the mural to “communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the masses.” The letter was signed from “A Secret Admirer.”

Now, a Maine woman has filed a Freedom of Access request against LePage’s administration to discover the secret location of the labor mural. And LePage may soon be facing a lawsuit, according to the Bangor Daily News.

“Michelle Small, a Brunswick resident and member of the Freedom of Information Coalition, filed a Freedom of Access request with the administration to obtain the location of the mural, which was removed over the weekend and is being kept in an undisclosed location.” […]

“A copy of a contract between the department and Taylor obtained by the Bangor Daily News specifies that “the artist and [Maine Arts] Commission will be notified if, for any reason, the work has to be removed or moved to a new location.” The contract then states that the artist and the commission have the right to “advise or consult” with the state regarding the relocation.”

Taylor was apparently not notified per the terms of the contract. And it’s unclear if the Maine Arts Commission was officially notified. The Bangor Daily News reports, “The Maine Arts Commission has been in contact with the administration.”

LePage’s office didn’t comment because the guv left the state for the warmer climes of Florida. No word on whether he was seen lugging a 36-foot labor mural through airport security.

h/t Wonkette


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