Maine Governor: No Response for You!

27 comments on this post.
  1. Jasper of Maine:

    Seems like the only way out of our little Dark Ages here is to annoy him enough so that he resigns.

  2. anubisprime:

    When they willingly stop boasting publicly on any forum that would carry their words regardless of alignment…then one can be damned sure they have run out of ideas words wisdom and integrity…just a matter of time now!
    Democracy is not served by silence…that is err!…a dictatorship!

    A hissy fit is no excuse, shame on any voters that support such shenanigans.

  3. Alverant:

    In a way I can’t blame him. If I were an elected official I would never talk to Faux News or any other conservative media because of their habit of twisting things to their advantage. I don’t know why any Democrats appear on that station because it’s clearly against them. Of course if the Maine newspapers reported the facts, facts LePage didn’t like, then it’s another matter entirely.

  4. Gregory in Seattle:

    “These are the actions of a thin-skinned satrap, not an elected official who recognizes the importance of a free press.”

    Well, he IS a Republican. Yeah, yeah, same thing.

  5. grumpyoldfart:

    I’ll bet the three newspapers start writing complimentary stories about him in the hope he will forgive them. Newspaper editors really know how to suck up to the rich and powerful.

  6. Who Knows?:

    Alverant, these things are not the same though. Fox News and a good number of the commentators don’t just twist things, they willingly lie and distort the facts. Odds are, these papers did nothing more than report the facts and the governor is unhappy with the truth being told about his administration.

  7. John Phillips, FCD:

    grumpyoldfart, I don’t think so. The editor was on TRMS a few days ago, while unhappy at any extra work this might cause, e.g. unnecessary FOI requests etc , he was quite happy overall as the series that brought this on has been very well received in the state, I.e. extra sales, and he plans more.

  8. cptdoom:

    Rachel Maddow covered this very well on her show, and the actions of the administration official are ludicrous, including “forgetting” to file paperwork so the state could challenge a power company on water use for a hydroelectric plant. The state won’t get an opportunity to correct that error for 25 years. Yeah, she used to lobby for the power company, can’t imagine why the paper saw any chance of corruption there.

    I’m predicting this is going to backfire on LePage big time. He’s such a supreme dick that you know there are dozens of state employees he”s pissed off who will be more than willing to violate his “no comment” directive on an anonymous basis. The normal leaks of any administration will become the gash in the Titanic.

  9. raven:

    Fox News isn’t news. It is a far right wing propaganda mill.

    I wouldn’t deal with them either on that basis.

    You know they will just lie and distort whatever you say, so why bother?

  10. raven:

    Gov. Paul LePage’s administration will no longer comment in stories published by the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel, his spokeswoman said Tuesday.

    This just shows that LePage is running scared and the newspapers are doing their jobs.

    Sounds like the Tea Party is just looting the state while they can. Corruption happens in a lot of places.

    In Illinois, IIRC, most of the last bunch of Democratic governors ended up in prison.

  11. democommie:

    He’s going to withhold public documents? I see that being both an embarrassing and expensive ploy, as he will have his ass handed to him if it ever goes to trial.

  12. timpayne:

    Boorish dullards like LePage are what you get when reasonable people divide their vote between a Democrat and a third party candidate. (The same thing came very close to happening in RI.) Until there’s a run-off system in place, a vote for a third party is effectively a vote for one of these boobs.

  13. anubisprime:

    It would seem that the more jeebus soaked these governors and senators pretend they are the more morally ethically corrupt they actually are..has anyone in the ‘merican voter base not been able to suss that simple correlation? …or does it not bother ‘em?
    Voting for a dumb, corrupt, incompetent xtian is preferable to voting for a capable, intelligent and honest atheist apparently.

    I was under the naive impression that politics was about presenting a case and, arguing for it and changing minds with regards to the case with evidence and rhetoric framed in clarity of thought and intention.

    You change minds you increase your voter support.
    But seems that short termism is the holy grail and one must make hay while one can…and lots of it…and not really consider consequences for the folk that you pretend to represent.

    Electoral success is just getting Willy Wonker’s golden ticket to the position of self aggrandisement and personal bank account health, cynicism is not dead it just votes for turkeys with neither wit nor will beyond personal comfort, and that has been branded as the preferable moral choice.

    No wonder the States is struggling, no wonder the world is!

  14. Chiroptera:

    …has anyone in the ‘merican voter base not been able to suss that simple correlation? …or does it not bother ‘em?

    Although the phenomenon isn’t confined to the Religious Right, I do notice that there is a very high level of “totalitarian thinking” among them.

    They consider themselves to be on the side of Absolute Right. Any opposition is Absolute Evil. Absolute Right is justified to anything and everything to win over Absolute Evil. Rules are not about fairness and equality; rules only exist to keep Absolute Right in power. If technicalities can be exploited to promote Right and stymie Evil, then technicalities are to be used. If the rules cannot be bent to allow preference to Right, then the Rules themselves must be changed.

  15. bahrfeldt:

    Vampire(s) hiding from daylight? Did he change his name from Lestat?

  16. anubisprime:

    Chiroptera @ 14

    If the rules cannot be bent to allow preference to Right, then the Rules themselves must be changed.

    Fair point…it would seem from this outsiders POV that certainly the US Bill of Rights if not the whole Constitution is not immune from a certain…shall we say interpretation…when the spirit takes ‘em!

    So much so that I am fairly convinced that if push comes to shove then Beck et al would quite seriously promote a change in several clauses and amendments if they thought they could get the support from the brain dead in their audience.
    The Tea Party would be in their element…as would their puppet masters on the theological right that pull their strings with enthusiastic rapturous *gay abandon!

    *(A brit term not associated with ‘teh ghey’ debate)

  17. Subtract Hominem:

    So does this mean he’s still talking to the Bangor Daily News, or that he stopped answering questions from them long ago?

  18. jonnynoise:

    I’ve lived in Maine pretty much my whole life, and Gov. LePage is by far the worst politician I’ve ever seen here. By contrast, though I may not agree with them Senators Snowe and Collins have been what I have always associated with Maine Republicans, and generally I have liked them both. To me, Maine republicans have generally been the more moderate and sane Republicans in that old New England Republican tradition. LePage is a loudmouthed bully who only is interested in furthering a supposed “business friendly” policies which only seeks to further corporate interests and small business or anyone else be damned. He doesn’t seem to be the theocratic Republican type as far as I’ve seen or read, just another corporate puppet. It does make me sad when the only national news Maine ever makes is that dolt, and a few other Republican politicians saying idiotic things.

  19. caseloweraz:

    Bennett said MaineToday Media, the newspapers’ parent company, “had made it clear that it opposed this administration.”…

    That’s where the phrase “loyal opposition” comes in. It’s surprising how many politicians today seem to have forgotten its meaning.

    The USNPL lists 31 newspapers in Maine. A quick perusal of twelve of them (the three recently blacklisted by LePage excepted) shows some of them also opposed to the governor’s positions. It was hard to tell the positions of some, especially the weeklies; they tend to concentrate on local events. But at least six of them, including the Bangor Daily News, clearly are willing to run editorials opposing LePage. For example, the Solon Maine Insights leads off with a picture containing these words: “Lawmakers ask why should the top 2 percent of Mainers receive a tax cut when thousands more will have to pay more in property taxes with the LePage budget?”

  20. caseloweraz:

    Forgot to add: I think it’s safe to say that “not-tall Paul” will not win a second term.

  21. dan4:

    @2: What the heck do you mean by “boasting publicly?” That makes no sense in the context of the thread topic (unless you’re weird enough to believe that “giving responses to newspapers=”boasting publicly”).

  22. anubisprime:

    dan4 @ 21

    What the heck do you mean by “boasting publicly?

    Politicians lurve’ ‘em publicity…they like to espouse their philosophy of life the universe and why some folks should benefit from an unequal tax system and why most don’t…only they claim their political enemies misrepresent their brilliant brain farts whenever possible, but that is another debate.

    Point is politicians use the media to carry their words of wisdom whenever possible and are the first to complain about a press ignoring their statements and odd musings when they are flogging old tat!

    For a politician to actively renounce not one but several publications is unusual, granted they might be ideologically opposed but it is a politicians job to change minds and reveal shang-ri-la to the populace.
    They usually throw in other boasts of their administration that they think sweetens the pill.
    Hence their boasts usually accompany their latest scams…in some presence.

    Politicians, in the main, realize that negative press is always a price of democracy, but take comfort that the folk they want to really stroke are not likely to read such publications anyway…what this muppet has done stinks of dummy spitting and hissy fitting…it is not a politicians job to refuse to speak with the media it is his job to engage with the medium that is the conduit to the voters, by denying that avenue he is acting no better then a East German regime from the early 1960′s.

    And that is not something to boast about I think.

  23. D. C. Sessions:

    Senators Snowe and Collins have been what I have always associated with Maine Republicans, and generally I have liked them both.

    They’re both reliable 100% party-line voters. As far as I can tell, there really isn’t any difference between them and Rand Paul.

    I will freely grant that they don’t use the same advertising themes as Paul, Graham, or McConnell but when it comes time to be counted they’re like as peas in a pod.

  24. chilidog99:

    Did you catch LaPage’s Vaseline comment yet?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paul-lepage-maine_n_3477910.html

  25. dan4:

    @24. Stay classy, governor.

  26. jamessweet:

    This is just another demonstration of how the Tea Party are a bunch of amateurs. This kind of response is actually pretty understandable — from somebody who doesn’t know shit about politics. I can totally understand the logic: Why should I talk to you if you are just going to twist my words and say mean things about me? But, this is how it works being an elected official. The logic only makes sense if you are a rank amateur.

  27. Michael Heath:

    jamessweet writes:

    This is just another demonstration of how the Tea Party are a bunch of amateurs. This kind of response is actually pretty understandable — from somebody who doesn’t know shit about politics. I can totally understand the logic: Why should I talk to you if you are just going to twist my words and say mean things about me? But, this is how it works being an elected official. The logic only makes sense if you are a rank amateur.

    Only if you’re not trying to, ‘mold a new reality’; which the Tea Party, Fox News, and other Christianist groups hope to do.

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