Maine's Eloquent History
In the weekly Forecaster newspaper, contributor Edgar Allen Beem said the Governor's latest objectionable remark regarding the NAACP and the Martin Luther King Day events he didn't want to attend (i.e.the " kiss my butt" statement), was as "appealing as passing gas in a crowded room...." (Forecaster January 28, 2011, p. 7).
And so it goes (to borrow a Kurt Vonneghut phrase).
Most troubling about the LePage honeymoon mis-comments is the morale reflected in the tone of the Maine State House, where it seems as though people are walking on rotten eggs. My impression, after being in the Capitol Rotunda two times this past week, was like I entered a medieval movie plot. People who I usually know to be outgoing were whispering in the wings; the usual camaraderie between legislators and the public was obviously strained. Nobody wants to be caught "on mike" talking or answering questions about Governor LePage or his administration. Behind the scenes, however, I have never heard such bold "water cooler" talk in Maine government. One legislator commented to me about how Governor LePage gave his daughter a $40,000 job in his administration. This particular legislator said, "I wish the Governor would offer me a $40,000 a year job to work here!" In fact, Maine legislators are only paid a few thousand dollars a year for their two year term of public service.
How can Mr. LePage wake up in the morning knowing he inherited the eloquent legacy of Margaret Chase Smith, Senator Olympia Snowe, Senator Susan Collins, Secretary of State Muskie, Senator William Cohen, Senator George Mitchell, Governor John McKernan, Governor Angus King and General/Governor Joshua Chamberlain, to name a few, and then proceed to act so poorly in word and deed?
So it goes. And we are only two and a half weeks into this LePage administration, but who is counting? Ahem! Newsweek will probably want a follow up story.
LePage is not generating good "buzz"
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