Maine's Democratic Senate president asks the gov out to dinner

Justin Alfond
Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo (file)

Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland, the newly-elected Senate president, speaks to a reporter, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the State House in Augusta, Maine. 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The new Democratic president of the Maine Senate wants to smooth relations with the state's Republican governor over dinner.

Senate President Justin Alfond sent Gov. Paul LePage a handwritten note Thursday inviting the governor and his wife to dinner with Alfond and his wife "at a place of your choosing."

Alfond's office provided the note in response to a public records request from the Portland Press Herald.

The invitation followed LePage's cancellation Tuesday of a meeting with incoming Democratic legislative leaders to discuss issues facing the new Legislature.

LePage said he would not meet with Democrats until the party called off a "tracker" hired by the Maine Democratic Party to videotape LePage's public appearances.

There was no immediate word on whether LePage had accepted the dinner invitation.

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Who's gonna pick up the tab?

Who's gonna pick up the tab?

David Lingard Jr's picture


Of course the Democrat......the Republican is not going to pay for something he feels he deserves........especially if he thinks it is an apology for which he does not need to have anyways.....if that does upset the republican readers i am sorry.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

8 to 5 sez the democrat plans

8 to 5 sez the democrat plans a timely trip to the mens' room just about the time the waiter shows up with the bill.
A democrat being nice to a republican is a spider attempting to entice a fly into his web.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Maybe it's a mental block, I don't know, but.....

Until The Governor starts doing whats in the interest of the people of Maine, and quits his self imposed reluctance to do his job, I'm not expecting anything remotely positive coming out of Augusta.
I wish I could find a job, where, picking and choosing which required duties I will perform without the chance of retaliation from higher ups, is par for the course. Tracker or no tracker, I think it's time we pay LePage, based on what he actually does to benefit ALL the people of Maine. Talk about a money saving idea........

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You're right; it's a mental

You're right; it's a mental block.

aine's Democratic Senate president asks the gov out to dinner

The governor hopefully will accept!

Richard Begin's picture

Dinner for three

I do recall a Man once many years ago known as Tract Man as opposed to Track Man. Will the Gubneur ccept?

Richard Begin's picture


Here is what occurred to me Governor Lepage should take Majority leader Alfond up on his offer, Now Paul leave the Goons with Packing Metal in the Limo but leave an exit open

ll kidding side I Reccomen To Governor Lepage to Accept Mr Alfond's invitation. What is there to Lose. Remeber Paul Mr Alfond's party won the Majority. Like it or not it's Reality.

To Mr Alfonds Credit I advise you to so so. Now perhaps Brent Littlefield or Dan Demerritt or Kevin Raye would reccomend something else but they are in the Group of the Vanquished.

Governor Lepage be the Gentlemen here and be Gracious and accept. What can you lose.

We all want an environment of bi-partisan work ehtic

 's picture

Invite Track Man!

He can sit right next to the Governor and tape him close up. Make sure he gets every word the Governor says. Tape him flossing after dessert.

Make Track Man a condition. No tracker, no go.

Larry T. Doughty's picture

Senate President Justin Alfond invite

Sure Justin, as long as you stop stalking the governor, a great idea. Can you do it?

Diana Currier's picture


hell take me


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