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Sat Mar 1, 2014, 05:09 PM

Maine’s Paul LePage Might Just Be the Worst GOP Governor of All

Published on Friday, February 28, 2014 by The Nation

Maine’s Paul LePage Might Just Be the Worst GOP Governor of All
by John Nichols

When Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington released its report on “The Worst Governors in America” last summer, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was not even on the list. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did make the “cronyism, mismanagement, nepotism, self-enrichment” list, but the review of his tenure was not necessarily the most scathing in CREW’s assessment of Republicans and Democrats who had gone astray. And Ohio Governor John Kasich was ranked as nothing more than a “sideshow.”

Now Christie is busy answering questions about blocked traffic, misdirected Sandy aid and political misdeeds. Walker’s facing national and state scrutiny of secret e-mails and illegal campaign operations so intense that even Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace interrupted him to say, “But sir, you’re not answering my question.” And Kasich is scrambling to deal with a “Frackgate” controversy touched off by the exposure of a public-relations scheme—apparently developed by his administration, Halliburton and oil and gas industry lobbyists—to “proactively open state park and forest land” for fracking.

The scandals surrounding these prominent Republican governors, some of them potential presidential contenders, are serious. And they raise the question: Could there really be a governor who is more controversial? And whose actions might be even more troubling?

Meet Maine Governor Paul LePage, who ranked in the very top tier of CREW’s “worst” list with this review:

The first-term governor packed his administration with lobbyists and used his office to promote their environmental-deregulation agenda, and allegedly went so far as to fire a state employee who testified in favor of policies the administration opposed.

Gov. LePage also attempted to gut his state’s open records act, and is under investigation by the federal government for trying to bully employees of the state Department of Labor into deciding more cases in favor of business.

More:
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/28-8

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 05:11 PM

1. Now you hold on. This is a field with very stiff competition.

Let's just wait and see how many indictments are handed down and to whom.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 07:22 PM

2. wormy walker

still gets my vote !!!

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Response to unionthug777 (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 07:23 PM

3. for worst governor that is !!

let's get that straight !!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:09 PM

4. I hope all the GOP governors lose

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Sun Mar 2, 2014, 04:38 PM

5. So many bad ones to choose from n/t

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