LePage official contacted sympathetic talk shows

AUGUSTA (AP) — The administration of Republican Gov. Paul LePage actively courted right-leaning media during the contentious debate last month over a newspaper's request for public records on Maine's concealed-weapons permit holders.

Governor's spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett sent emails on Feb. 14 to talk show hosts sympathetic to gun owners in the national debate on gun violence.

The emails were obtained by The Portland Press Herald through a freedom of information request.

One message went to an associate producer at Fox News in New York City, with a request to forward it to national television commentator Bill O'Reilly.

Another went to Howie Carr, a conservative radio host in Boston and columnist for the Boston Herald.

Bennett says she was doing her job to make sure the governor's message is "heard loud and clear."

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Amedeo Lauria's picture

Is this what passes for a news story?

Is this really a news story, give me a BREAK!

The press secretary seems to be earning her pay and getting out the word about the Governor's policies.

Yawn.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Bennett says;

Adrienne, you got it right with the heard loud, and irrelevant..

Bob Berry's picture

Don't much blame him

After the liberal MSM attacks on him, why should he cater to them?

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Not only that....

No one else would give him the time of day. I don't recall seeing it on the "Fair and Balanced' Fox News. Howie Carr would probably just have fun with it. Besides, all the folks at Fox News, most likely were attending Anger Management classes after last weeks total anger melt down on air. Great for ratings though.......

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