His name is Paul LePage.
If you haven’t heard about this guy before, you will not forget him now!
Maine’s new governor, Paul LePage, is making New Jersey ‘s Chris Christie look like an enabler. He isn’t afraid to say what he thinks, and the people of Maine like it. Every time he opens his mouth, his popularity goes up.
He brought down the house at his inauguration when he shook his fist toward the media box and said, “You’re on notice! I’ve inherited a financially-troubled state to run. Observe…cover what we do…but don’t whine if I don’t waste time responding to your every whim for your amusement.”
Paul Richard LePage, 62, is a Republican. He was previously mayor of Waterville from 2003 to 2011, and a city councilor before that. From 1996 to 2011, he worked in the private sector as general manager of the 14-store discount chain, Marden’s Surplus and Salvage.
The oldest son of 18 children, LePage grew up speaking French in an impoverished home with what he has described as an abusive father.At age 11, he left home and lived on the streets of Lewiston, seeking shelter wherever he could find it, including in horse stables and at a “strip joint”.After spending roughly two years homeless, he began to earn a living shining shoes. At 13, he worked washing dishes at a café and hauling boxes for a truck driver. He later worked at a rubber company, a meat-packing plant, and was a short order cook, and bartender.
During his campaign for Governor, he was talking to commercial fishermen who are struggling because of federal fisheries rules. They complained that Obama brought his family to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park for a long Labor Day holiday and found time to meet with union leaders, but wouldn’t talk to the fishermen. LePage replied, “I’d tell him to go to hell and get out of my State.” The liberal media crucified LePage, but he jumped 6 points in the pre-election poll.
The NAACP had asked LePage to spend MLK Day visiting black inmates at the Maine State Prison. He told them that he would meet with all inmates, regardless of race, if he were to visit the prison. The NAACP balked and then put out a news release claiming falsely that he refused to participate in any MLK events. He read it in the paper for the 1st time the next morning while being driven to an event and went ballistic because none of the reporters had called him for comment before running the NAACP release.
He arrived at that event and said in front of a TV camera, “If they want to play the race card on me they can kiss my ass.” Then he reminded them that he has an adopted black son from Jamaica and that he attended the local MLK Breakfast every year that he was mayor of Waterville.
He then stated that there’s a right way and a wrong way to meet with the Governor, and he put all special interests on notice that press releases, media leaks, and all demonstrations would prove to be the wrong way. He said any other group that acted like the NAACP could expect to be at the bottom of the Governor’s priority list!
Next, LePage took on Maine’s state employees union.
During the last blizzard, LePage waited until 3 p.m. before closing state offices and facilities, and sending non-emergency personnel home. The state employees union complained bitterly. The previous governor would often close offices for the day with just a blizzard before the first flakes even fell. Each time the state closes for snow, it costs the taxpayers about $1 million in wages for no work in return.
LePage noted that many retail shops are open, despite the blizzard. As he put it: “If Marden’s is open, Maine is open!” Then he spoke common sense to the state employees: “We live in Maine in the winter, for heaven’s sake, and should know how to drive in it. Otherwise, apply for a State job in Florida!”
Governor LePage symbolizes what America needs: Plain-speaking politicians who aren’t self-serving and who have common sense!
H/t my dear friend Bill O.