Even Republicans want Maine’s Republican governor investigated. There are many reasons Gov. Paul LePage should be investigated, but this issue stems after his admitted threat to cut off half a million dollars worth of funding for a charter school for at-risk youth if they didn’t rescind an offer they made to the state House speaker (Democrat Mark Eves) to serve as their president, Daily Kos reports.
“Yeah, I did,” he said. “If I could, I would. Absolutely. Why wouldn’t I?,” LePage said at the time. Tell me why I wouldn’t take the taxpayer money, to prevent somebody to go into a school and destroy it. Because (Eves’) heart’s not into doing the right thing for Maine people.”
Wellll, they didn’t go over too well.
The Bangor Daily News reports:
Members of the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to start a formal investigation into Gov. Paul LePage’s use of taxpayer money to force Good Will-Hinckley to fire House Speaker Mark Eves.
Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, co-chairman of the committee, said lawmakers of both parties were concerned about the events of the past week involving Eves, LePage and the Fairfield-based nonprofit.
“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,” Katz said while opening the hearing. “Most people in Maine just want to know what happened.”
Good Will-Hinckley’s $120,000-per-year job offer to Eves was rescinded, and Eves is considering filing a civil suit against LePage.
On Monday, two requests were filed with the Government Oversight Committee calling for an investigation into whether LePage crossed any legal or ethical lines. One request was from Republican Sen. Tom Saviello of Wilton and the other was from House independents Jeffrey Evangelos of Friendship and Ben Chipman of Portland, along with Democrat Charlotte Warren of Hallowell. The latter trio also has called for impeachment proceedings to commence against LePage, though that initiative has gained little traction.
Paul LePage has had a busy week. Just recently he said he “would like to shoot” a Bangor Daily News cartoonist. Earlier in the month, he allegedly said state lawmakers from Lewiston should be “rounded up and executed in the public square.”
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