Maine Senate Republicans criticize LePage’s comments, actions in upcoming OpEd

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Maine Senate Republicans criticize LePage’s comments, actions in upcoming OpEd

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff
Posted April 01, 2011, at 4:03 p.m.
Last modified April 01, 2011, at 5:21 p.m.
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has a problem in his own party.

A handful of Senate Republicans have drafted an OpEd column that sharply criticizes LePage for his frequent controversial comments and actions, including the recent removal of a mural from the Department of Labor offices.

An OpEd column written and signed by at least eight Maine GOP senators, which will be published Monday in some Maine newspapers, asks the governor to reject “government by disrespect.”

BDN

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LePage: GOP Meeting About

LePage: GOP Meeting About "Zipping my Mouth"
03/31/2011

Gov. Paul LePage emerged from a caucus of Senate Republicans today, saying it's time to focus on the crucial issues before the Legislature, and acknowledging that he has contributed to "distractions." The governor says it's time to work together to solve the state's problems and pass a budget that will pave the way to improve Maine's economy. Mal Leary reports.

MPBN

Tim Wright
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Well, well, well. I have new

Well, well, well. I have new respect for (some) republicans.

Naran
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Heh --- and you don't even

Heh --- and you don't even know what's been happening behind the scenes.

Mid-Coast Mainer
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Naran, do you know?

Naran, do you know?

Naran
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Like Mr. Violette, I will

Like Mr. Violette, I will neither confirm, nor deny.

This has been a learning experience for everyone, since January 4th. There are no exceptions.

I am confident that from here, things will only continue to get better.

Brent Dickey
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How long before Saviello

How long before Saviello reverts to an "I", or maybe two steps back to a "D"?

Jim Cyr
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That's all well and

That's all well and good----meetings, the talks, the "sharing", the changes, etc. But the PUBLIC GUEST COLUMN criticizing the governot? Unreal. Just unreal.

(Somebody please tell me a bit more about Katz??)

Publius V. Publicola
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I don't think there is a

I don't think there is a chance Tom Saviello would go back to being a Democrat. Unenrolled, maybe. But not a Democrat. While he was an unenrolled State Representative he supported both McCain, Collins, and Frary and the slate of Republican candidates.

I'm glad that LePage has owned up to the fact that he has contributed to the distractions. Maybe he has finally had enough of these empty gestures and will get some real work done.

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Senator Roger Katz, son of

Senator Roger Katz, son of Senator Bernie Katz, of Augusta. Both very bright, reasonable and accomplished individuals. Roger has been Mayor of Augusta, he is also part of the Lipman, Katz lawfirm. Sumner was a Senator from Augusta during the McKernan Administration. The State would do well to follow Roger's lead.

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But the PUBLIC GUEST COLUMN

But the PUBLIC GUEST COLUMN criticizing the governot? Unreal. Just unreal.

Have you got a better idea?

Jim Cyr
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No, Representative McKane,

No, Representative McKane, adding to the pigpile is sure to be helpful in the long run. I'm certain of it.

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from the mpbn link above:

from the mpbn link above: ""Democrats are ready to focus on the serious issues," she says. "It's what we've been trying to do, despite the distracting rhetoric that has circled us at every turn. So I welcome the new approach from the governor."

I wonder if Rep. Cain will send a thank you card.

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I think the Rs need a

I think the Rs need a head-knocker. I'm not a big fan of Tip O'Neill, but he was excellent at imparting party discipline.

Bruce Libby
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Read my post in mainemoms gut

Read my post in mainemoms gut check thread #6 asking about whats' going on.

As I have indicated in previous posts I do not have a great amount of faith in the leg, body and none of the above should be a surprize. Too many years of let's get along don't rock the boat , noone will like us etc. etc. !

Maybe there is a wetland Charlie had better work on before it becomes a swamp.
But have no fear they will have Paul Violette to kick around some more real soon!

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THE EUNUCH MANIFESTO “Earlier

THE EUNUCH MANIFESTO

“Earlier this week, LePage admitted to a Maine Public Broadcasting Network reporter that his recent actions have been distracting and that he should be more careful with his comments.”
He spoke to the GOP legislators. "About zipping my mouth up and not offending them."
He tells MPBN “It’s all about getting back on topic. I told [Senate Republicans] that it’s time that both the House and the Senate and the administration focus on the task at hand, and that’s pension reform, health care reform, regulatory reform, energy reform and lowering the tax on Maine people.” He says he wants to focus on passing the state budget and make the changes needed to get Maine’s economy moving and facilitate the creation of jobs.

The governor’s confession of the error of his ways might have been taken as a welcome opportunity to get back to the issues at hand. The senators might have pointed out that Maine’s future will not be determined by the disposition of a single mural. They might have commented on how the NAACP has become a partisan tool of the Democrats and leapt to support the vilification of the Tea Party supporters of racists.

But no, the senators seize the opportunity to attack the governor for errors of tone to which he has already confessed.

They might have pointed out that attacks on the governor as being anti-education are contradicted by the $68 million added to the budget for education. Not worth mentioning.

They might have reacted to the frenzied LTTE’s attacking the governor and calling for his impeachment. But they’d rather attack the governor.

They think his policies are fine, but don’t want to get bogged down defending them or explaining them. Pension reform, health care reform, regulatory reform, energy reform and lowering taxes may be important to some people but they want to talk about their dismay about “government by disrespect.” Gentility trumps policy.

The headlines are about the murals, so they feel compelled to treat that as a major issue.

John Martin must be racked with a paroxysm of mirth. He knows how to attack. These wimps know only defense.

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So they will issue the

So they will issue the statement while The Guvna is in Jamaica? I don't know if it's muggery, buggery or thuggery.

Katz is a Leftist who opposed TABOR, etc. In the Dem caucus he would be a moderate.

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what splendid insight. i look

what splendid insight. i look forward to the sequel after posters have actually read the Senators' column.

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I'm glad Katz is stepping

I'm glad Katz is stepping forward to tell Lepage he has to get his focus right. If he doesn't, you can all sit around in two years and wonder what happened.
The fight Lepage is picking sure plays well here. But out there in reality land it's not. And it's not going to play well for the house and senate come next election.
Lepage better learn to be a better team player and a leader. I thought this guy was a first class manager? So far he's displayed a serious lack of skills in that regard.
In IMO he's acting a lot like O'Bama. No leadership for the democrats and they are sinking fast. If LePage keeps it up this will happen here

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GOP senators express 'dismay'

GOP senators express 'dismay' with LePage

By Tom Bell tbell@mainetoday.com
MaineToday Media State House Writer

...snip

The column was written by Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta and Sen. Brian Langley of Ellsworth. Six other senators added their names to the column. They are Sens. Thomas Saviello of Wilton, Chris Rector of Thomaston, Nichi Farnham of Bangor, Earle McCormick of Gardiner, Roger Sherman of Houlton and Thomas Martin of Benton.

[url=http://www.pressherald.com/news/GOP-senators-express-dismay-gov-paul-lep...

Naran
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From over the AMG

From over the AMG Transom:

Someone should point out that so far, Maine's Legislature has accomplished nothing. While other states, like New Hampshire, have passed budgets that make big changes, the Maine Legislature has yet to do anything of significance.

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From Bell's piece in today's

From Bell's piece in today's PPH, emphasis mine

"LePage met with Senate Republicans at a caucus Thursday. Katz mentioned the opinion piece briefly during the caucus but did not talk about it when LePage was in the room, Collins said."

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What a bunch of hooey. Lead,

What a bunch of hooey. Lead, follow or get out of the way. The legislature should be focused on turning Maine around, removing business blocking laws, reducing the restrictions on entrepreneurship and citizens rights, restoring a workable business/environmental law balance that favors growth and development instead of land trusts and anti everything. Instead, eight republican senators think it is worthy to bring into public debate the "tone" set by their republican governor. Would they prefer he discuss whoopie pies as the state snack and blueberry pie as the state dessert? From what I see, and I'm not paying that close attention, as I'm focused on family, work, church and local community endeavors, LePage is focused on turning Maine around from the quagmire Maine has been wallowing in for the past 16 to 30 years or more. He uses clear speech. Unrefined speech, at times, but there is no doubt as to his view, his position, and his focus. Maybe it is true..some Maine republicans seem to want to eat their own, instead of making Maine the way life is supposed to be. Unlike most politicians, LePage speaks clearly and without equivocation. I find that refreshing. Let's get back to the business of bringing Maine up from its position of the worst state in the union of 50 states to do business in...let's continue to take Maine back from the whacko libs and weasly moderates and get things done.

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So things were going to be

So things were going to be really different after January, weren't they? Republicans were going to boldly lead, and show the people of Maine a new type of poltics, a breath of fresh air, a refusal to go along just to get along, blah blah blah.

Well it took less than three months to show that was all a bunch of hooey, and to do ourselves in.

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The full text of the Op-ed

The full text of the Op-ed column was sent to me by a legislator yesterday.

Check this out:

"As Republican Senators we refuse to question the motivation,
intelligence or humanity of those with whom we disagree. We pledge to
treat our fellow legislators with dignity and respect even as we engage
in vigorous and passionate debate. We extend this pledge to all our
fellow Maine citizens. That is the proud tradition of our party - the
party of Chase-Smith, Cohen, Snowe and Collins as well as our Senate
President Raye. We are equally confident the same will be true for our
colleagues on the other side of the aisle - proud descendants of the
party of Muskie, Curtis, Mitchell and our Minority Leader Barry Hobbins."
[How come they failed to mention John Martin?]

"State Senators Katz and Langley are joined in this message by State
Senators Thomas B. Saviello (Dist. 18), Chris Rector (Dist. 22), Nichi
S. Farnham (Dist. 32), Earle L. McCormick (Dist. 21), Roger L. Sherman
(34), Thomas H. Martin (Dist. 25)."

How bi-partisan, how very bi-partisan. Praise the Democrats, attack the governor. And as a final note of smarmy hypocrisy: "Based upon our recent positive conversations with the Governor, we have
every reason to believe that he will join us in that spirit." THEN WHY THE COLUMN?

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We have met the enemy and he

We have met the enemy and he is us....Pogo

Well, here we go. Republicans ripping at Republicans...once more. You will have to agree, Democrats hang together no matter what stupid things some of them do. They know the value of not hanging out their dirty laundry and thereby do the dirty work for their enemies. The Republicans are totally inept in political tactics and strategy.

The Republicans who signed this letter are just stupid.

J. McKane
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Swampy gets it.

Swampy gets it.

Robert
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Swampy gets it. No he


Swampy gets it.

No he doesn't. The R's could have done this in private instead of getting the media involved.

This is just a "see, we are not like him" move, "please re-elect us."

Melvin Udall
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"As Republican Senators we

"As Republican Senators we refuse to question the motivation,
intelligence or humanity of those with whom we disagree. We pledge to
treat our fellow legislators with dignity and respect even as we engage
in vigorous and passionate debate. We extend this pledge to all our
fellow Maine citizens. That is the proud tradition of our party - the
party of Chase-Smith, Cohen, Snowe and Collins as well as our Senate
President Raye. We are equally confident the same will be true for our
colleagues on the other side of the aisle - proud descendants of the
party of Muskie, Curtis, Mitchell and our Minority Leader Barry Hobbins."

Translation: Those of us in the anointed aristocracy, reigning over the servants who elected us, are seeking to return gently to the protocols that kept us in the minority for nearly 40 years, where we could boast of our polite failures. And please don't forget our lineage.

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The R's could have done this

The R's could have done this in private

What makes you think they haven't?

Melvin Udall
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PS: I cannot think of one

PS: I cannot think of one positive rationale for this act, other than self-stroking for those involved.

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