Maine Legislative Committee Votes Unanimously To Investigate Republican Governor LePage

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The members of Maine’s legislative Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously to launch a formal investigation into whether Republican Governor Paul LePage improperly used taxpayer money to force Good Will-Hinckley to fire House Speaker Mark Eves.

Eves, a Democrat, had been hired by Good Will-Hinckley to serve as its President, but the offer was withdrawn after Governor LePage allegedly threatened to withhold 530,000 dollars in annual funding for Good Will-Hinckley’s Charter School, the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences. LePage has admitted that he threatened to pull funding unless Good Will-Hinckley terminated their employment agreement with Eves, but the governor insists what he did does not amount to blackmail.

Good Will-Hinckley has agreed to pay Eves 30,000 dollars for severing the employment contract. Eves is planning on filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against Governor LePage for his role in forcing Good Will-Hinckley to end the employment agreement.

The bipartisan Government Oversight Committee has six Democratic and six Republican members. Members of both parties are calling for an investigation. Republican Party co-chair Roger Katz, wasn’t quite prepared to throw his Governor under the bus, but even he acknowledged that the Governor’s behavior warranted an investigation. Katz stated:

The events of the last few weeks involving Good Will-Hinckley are troubling and, as often happens in partisan politics, it seems that some people are going to their corners and are ready to fight. Most people in Maine just want to know what happened.

LePage’s legal team argues that the Government Oversight Committee does not have the authority to investigate the governor. Eves’ attorney, David Webbert rejected that absurd argument, stating:

The governor’s wrongful refusal to submit to any oversight by the Legislature regarding his use of funds appropriated by the Legislature is consistent with his wrongful and dangerous view that he can use state funds to blackmail a school with the threat of the loss of state funds.

Governor LePage and his legal team seem to believe that the governor should be allowed to do as he pleases without accountability or oversight. However, members of both parties in the legislature disagree with LePage’s dictatorial view of the governor’s scope of authority. The unanimous vote to investigate the governor is a sign that even his own party has grown weary of LePage’s corruption and the bullying tactics he uses to get his way.

 

 

16 Replies to “Maine Legislative Committee Votes Unanimously To Investigate Republican Governor LePage”

  1. There has been a paradigm shift in the political winds the past two weeks, and this incident is another adding to that shift. The wheels of progress turn quite slowly, but they do turn, and the wave of conservative intolerance is subsiding, even if not fast enough for most of us. The Republicans are doing their part to make sure that the next POTUS is a Democrat, and, as far as I can see, doing a damn good job. I would especially like to thank The Donald, or, as I read elsewhere, the Jar Jar Binks of the GOP.

  2. Unanimously?

    Republican behavior so distasteful even another Republican turns his head away in Disgust…

    Mayhap someday even go after the Bu$h Crime League?

    Nah….

  3. Mark Twin pegged the current GOP:

    ANGER/HATRED Does more harm to the vessel in which it’s stored…
    Than to anything on which it’s poured”

    -Mark Twain

    People are seeing all the Right’s Hatred.
    And it has harmed themselves.

  4. Remember during the Ebola scare, when this idiot and Christie tried to use it for grandstanding and both made fools of themselves for what they did to the returning nurse. Seems like birds of a feather!

  5. Republicans forget that the tactics they use to get their way can be used by Democrats when they return to power!

  6. Yet he was re-elected. Go figure.

    “Governor LePage and his legal team seem to believe that the governor should be allowed to do as he pleases without accountability or oversight. However, members of both parties in the legislature disagree with LePage’s dictatorial view of the governor’s scope of authority. The unanimous vote to investigate the governor is a sign that even his own party has grown weary of LePage’s corruption and the bullying tactics he uses to get his way.”
    Of course he does, he’s a Republican.

  7. Happy to see that pimple is on its way to being popped. Hope they put a screen in front of that nasty-looking face before they pop it.

  8. Yep, and actually they’ll be sharing cells for the same crimes too!

    We can dream, can’t we?

    (Am I the only one who thinks this guy is Boss Hogg’s younger brother?)

  9. He’s kinda’ used a bit, gonna’ be a hard sale in prison, won’t need many cigarettes. Kneepads will be mandatory if arthritis is present.

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