What do you think of Maine's governor?
Maine Governor, Paul LePage, is making New Jersey 's Chris Christie look
like an enabler. He isn't afraid to say what he thinks. And, judging by the
comments heard at the cigar shop and other non-political gathering places,
every time he opens his mouth his popularity goes up.
He brought down the house at
his inauguration when he shook his fist toward the media box and said,
"You're on notice! I've inherited a financially-troubled state to run.
Observe...cover...but don't whine if I don't waste time responding to your
every whim for your amusement."
During his campaign for governor he was
talking to commercial fishermen who are struggling because of federal
fisheries rules. They complained that President Obama brought his family to
Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park for a long Labor Day holiday and found
time to meet with union leaders, but wouldn't talk to them.
LePage replied, “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,”’ he said to applause. LePage said he'd tell Obama, "Don't come to Maine and put our people out of work through federal policy."
The media crucified
LePage, but his popularity jumped 6 points.
The Martin Luther King incident was a
political sandbag which brought him national exposure. The 'lame stream'
media crucified him, but word on the street is very positive.
specifically asked him to spend MLK Day visiting black inmates at the Maine
State Prison. He told them that he would meet with ALL inmates regardless of
race if he were to visit the prison.
The NAACP balked, then put out a
news release claiming falsely that he refused to participate in any MLK
events. LePage read it in the paper for the first time the next morning, while be
driven to an event, and went ballistic because none of the reporters had
called him for comment before running the NAACP release. He arrived at
that event and said on TV camera, "If they want to play the race card on me
they can kiss my butt."
Then he embarrassed the NAACP by pointing out that he has an adopted black son
from Jamaica, and reminded them too that he had attended the local MLK Breakfast every year that he
was mayor of Waterville. (He started his morning there on MLK
LePage blasted them, telling them there's a right way and a wrong way to meet with the governor. And he put all special interests on notice that press releases, media leaks
and all demonstrations would prove to be the wrong way. He said any other
group which acted like the NAACP could expect to be at the bottom of the
governor's priority list!
from local radio talk show callers, his popularity increased even more.
state employees union complained because he waited until 3 p.m. before
closing state offices and facilities and sending non-emergency personnel
home during the last blizzard. The preceding governor would often close offices
for the day with just a forecast before the first flakes. (Each time the
state closes for snow, it costs the taxpayers about $1 million in wages for
no work in return.)
LePage was CEO of the Marden's chain of
discount family bargain retail stores before election as governor. He noted
that state employees getting off work early could still find lots of retail
stores open to shop. So, he put the state employees on notice by announcing:
"If Marden's is open, Maine is open!"
He told state employees: "We live in Maine
in the winter, for heaven's sake, and should know how to drive in it.
Otherwise, apply for a state job in Florida !"
Governor LePage symbolizes what America
needs...refreshing politicians who aren't self-serving and who exhibit
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