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“Paul ‘Rage LePage’, You Don’t Have To Impeach Me”: GOP Governor To Voters; ‘Just Ask Me To Leave’

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), among his many other legislative problems, is facing the possibility of impeachment as part of an abuse-of-power scandal. In an unexpected twist, the Tea Party governor has said impeachment may be unnecessary – because he’s willing to resign from office.

If you missed last night’s show, the Bangor Daily News reported this week on a LePage interview from July 30, in which he suggested he’ll step down if Mainers personally ask him to.

When LePage was asked if he’s worried about an impeachment proceeding, he responded:

“If the people of Maine want me, I’ll do the job. If they don’t want me, just ask me to leave. You don’t have to impeach me…. So far, I’ve only got four people write me that wanted me to resign.”

We know of a retired librarian in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, who wrote to his governor, asking LePage to step down. The note was not well received – LePage wrote back personally, saying, “Not going to happen.”

But might it happen? In that radio interview, the governor made it sound as if resignation is on the table – if enough Mainers write to the governor’s office, asking him to step down, he’d actually consider it.

Hmm.

As Rachel added, “For the record, the governor has never really explained whether he was serious about his offer to resign if he got enough letters asking him to. He also hasn’t said how many people, exactly, would have to ask him resign in order for him to actually do it. He also hasn’t said how many Mainers so far have taken him up on his offer now that he said that’s what it will take.

“We did ask his office about those things today. When we hear back, we will let you know but I suggest you don’t wait up.”

 

By: Steve Benen, The Maddow Blog, August 21, 2015

August 24, 2015 - Posted by | Maine, Paul LePage, Tea Party | , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. As with Nixon, it will take some confidants to go ask him to do this.

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    Comment by btg5885 | August 24, 2015 | Reply

    • It’s interesting that even republicans who have stood with him in the past, now believe he has gone off the rails!

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      Comment by raemd95 | August 24, 2015 | Reply

      • How would they define The Donald’s efforts?

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        Comment by btg5885 | August 24, 2015

      • Many would love Trump, until it came time to vote. He could be viewed as worse than LePage (high hurdle though). LePage has been the most divisive in your face Governor in recent history. Fortunately, the majority is getting a little tired of him. Impeachment is still on the table & lawsuits are have already started because of his overt abuse of power. The legislature just overroad his veto of the state budget and the state Supreme Court just ruled against him on several unlawful bills that he insisted he had the authority to enact. The Court saw it quite differently and he lost big time. He is also in direct odds with the state AG over Medicaid expansion and is viewed in the state by many as a national embarrassment.

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        Comment by raemd95 | August 24, 2015


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