MILLINOCKET, Maine, October 5, 2014 – Maine’s current governor, Paul LePage ran his 2010 campaign as an establishment outsider, even though he had served on Waterville’s city council, and as the city’s mayor for eight years. In his own words, “I am not a slick politician; I’m a business man.”
LePage promised he would shrink government, lower taxes, decrease business regulation, and put “Maine people ahead of politics.”
Politico called him “America’s Craziest Governor” because of his caustic, outspoken manner.
There are many LePage quotes that seem to reinforce Politico’s assessment:
In a campaign speech to Maine fishermen, he vowed to hit back at government regulations;
“As your governor, you’re going to be seeing a lot of me on the front page, saying ‘Governor LePage tells Obama to go to hell.’”
When Maine representatives of the NAACP expressed displeasure over his snubs to their requests, LePage told a local news reporter,
“Tell them they can kiss my butt.”
“Reading newspapers in the state of Maine is like paying somebody to tell you lies,” LePage said as keynote speaker at the Career Conversations gathering at Waterville Junior High.
LePage on State Senator Justin Alfond,
“… a little spoiled brat from Portland. He’s very fortunate that his granddad was born ahead of him.”
Referring to State Sen. Troy Jackson,
“(He) claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without Vaseline.”
LePage’s challengers are Mike Michaud, Democrat, and Eliot Cutler who is running as an Independent.
Michaud has served as President of the Maine Senate, and for several years as US Representative. He has worked extensively for veteran’s issues and is generally aligned with the Obama Administration. Cutler is an environmental lawyer, having graduated from Harvard and Georgetown Law.
He worked in the Office of Management and Budget in the Carter administration as the principal White House official for energy.
This is Michaud’s first run in a governor’s race. Eliot Cutler ran in 2010, coming in a respectable second to LePage.
If Paul LePage is re-elected governor, no doubt there will be many more colorful quotes to come as he continues to shake up the halls of Maine State government.
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