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Gov. Paul LePage Impeachment Pursued by Maine House Dems

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

By    |   Thursday, 14 Jan 2016 09:03 AM

The Democratic majority in the Maine House will debate an impeachment order against Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday, supposedly to investigate alleged abuse of power.

The Associated Press reported that the proposal "faces long odds" because it "wouldn't likely survive long as it would eventually go to the Republican-controlled Senate."

Furthermore, "some Democrats believe that the effort is futile and that failure to win enough votes could embolden the governor."

Foes say that LePage used his influence as governor to pressure a school operator, Good Will-Hinckley, into rescinding a job offer to Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves.

State attorney general Janet Mills, a Democrat, has already declined to investigate LePage, and said there was no evidence he committed a crime. Eves has, however, filed a civil lawsuit in federal court.

LePage, a two-term governor re-elected in 2014, is also accused by foes of forcing out the president of the Maine Community College System.

Last week, LePage made national headlines when he said that out-of-state drug dealers with names like "D-Money, Smoothie and Shifty" visit Maine to sell heroin and "half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave."

He apologized for the comment after it received criticism.

As the Maine Sun Journal put it, "Long before Donald Trump laid waste to political correctness, there was Maine Gov. Paul LePage. For five years now, the Republican has hurled crude insults, heaped abuse on the media and offended many with his brass-knuckle tactics and off-the-cuff remarks."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended LePage earlier this week, saying, "From my perspective, he's an outspoken guy and shoots from the hip. In times, he says things he thinks he shouldn't have said. It doesn't change my respect for him . . . every one of us, me and everyone else . . . says things they would take back."

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