Mural protesters say they'll fight governor's removal order

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage says he's found a new home for the disputed 36-foot mural hanging at the Maine Department of Labor.

But an artist who helped organize a large protest Friday at the department's headquarters says his group will fight to keep the artwork where it is. 

LePage said his office was working on a deal to temporarily relocate the mural to Portland City Hall. The move would have to be OK'd by the Portland City Council, which will take up the issue at its April 4 meeting.

The deal was brokered by Rep. Ben Chipman, an independent lawmaker from Portland. However, it's unclear whether Portland's City Council will accept the mural.

Portland Mayor Nick Mavodones said he was wary of the council being seen as "enabling" the governor's decision to remove the display. He also acknowledged that the fight unfolding in Augusta could suddenly shift to Portland.

"There will be a crowd of people and some will tell us not to take it," he said.

There's also a political component. The nine-member council is supposed to be a nonpolitical body, but its members traditionally disclose their party affiliation and advance policy in keeping with party ideology.

The council includes five Democrats, three Green Independents and one Republican.

Councilor David Marshall, a Green, participated in Friday's protest at the Department of Labor.

The gathering drew about 250 people who filled both ends of the wide hallways that flank the mural. The rally was organized by artists and attended by organized labor representatives.

Several carried signs holding the names of 146 workers who died in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the blaze. (See story, Page B8).

The mural references that tragedy and depicts several other prominent national and local labor figures such as former federal Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, who has connections to Maine and is buried in Newcastle.

Robert Shetterly, an artist from Brooksville, said the protest was organized in about 24 hours. He promised another "nonviolent" event if the governor proceeded with the removal effort.

Shetterly said the mural represents Maine's labor history and should stay where it is.

"We've determined it's going to stay right here," Shetterly said.

LePage, however, appears intent on moving the 11-panel mural elsewhere because he believes it's hostile to business and doesn't balance the historical contributions of industry.

His decision has made national news and drawn the ire of unions, artists and Democrats who say he's provoking a fight with organized labor amid pending legislation that could weaken unions' political power.

Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, said he was stunned that the LePage administration would try to scrub the Labor Department of Maine's worker history, particularly given the governor's French Canadian heritage.

Several of the images in the mural reference French Canadian millworkers.

"You don't want to lift your leg on the working people of Maine and the people who built this great state, and that's including the French community," Gerzofsky said.

He added, "We all know that the French community was held down to a lower class. This governor, above all others, should know what it's like. He worked his way up. He's got to remember what it was like. He can't just now think that he's going to make these edicts to get rid of these paintings."

Adrienne Bennett, a spokeswoman for LePage, said the governor has never seen the mural in person, only in photos. She said the mural's removal was originally proposed by John Butera, a senior staff member.

Bennett said there was some debate among senior staff about whether it was the right time to remove the mural.

"The timing (of the removal announcement) was unfortunate," said Bennett, referring to ongoing tension between the administration and organized labor.

Republicans are also questioning the governor's decision to make the mural an issue.

Charlie Webster, chairman of the Maine Republican Party, said Friday that he supported the governor's agenda but said the mural issue "was a distraction we don't need. I'm worried about changing the state," Webster said. "I'm not worried about what pictures are hanging on the wall."

LePage on Friday announced he was seeking artwork submissions to replace the mural.

A spokesman for the governor said the mural would remain in the Labor Department until it finds a new home.

(This story was updated to clarify comments from Adrienne Bennett about the timing of the mural removal)

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Joe Morin's picture

Dumb

I think it is dumb that 4 out of the 7 articles in Maine Politics are about a painting. A mural probably most people were unaware of until Lepage kicked the Hornet's nest. I'm not sure what is worse. Lepage for seemingly antagonizing organized labor & its supporters during a very polarizing time in our nations politics or people truly fooling themselves into thinking this is a personal affront and something worth fighting for. Once again I state that the Gov. shot himself because he gave his opposition an oppurtunity to distract from the truly important issue. And what issues are those you ask??? __, __, __, __, You fill in the blanks! Nobody in their right mind is going to say a dumb painting.....

ANGELA MATTHEWS's picture

Joe, you really need to write with knowledge!

Whether one has a Union or non-Union job. Nearly everyone has benefitted from organized labor. Joe Morin's and Paul Lepage's ignorance and denial notwithstanding!! Shamefully, many people like Joe take these benifits for granted. Joe, did you ever give a thought how the increases in the minimum wage levels, the eight hour day, the weekend off, overtime, the emergence of the middle class, and equal distribution of overtime, to name a few, came about? Joe if you are frustrated take it out on the parasitic crooks like Mr Violette, formally of the Maine Turnpike Authority, Wall Street bankers, and Oil industry price fixers/gougers who pay off Washinton DC politicians. These are but a few of the folks who are lowering our standard of living. They have never fought to improve the lives of the working middle class.

Joe Morin's picture

Ugh...Thank you Mike

.. for enlightening me. All points I was well aware. Since I was aware of the rights unions fought for in previous generations and that the afore mentioned parties are direct contributors to our economic decline, then I guess that would make this post condascending, assumptive and insulting. I simply think the issue isn't a painting, it is the apparant attack nationally by governers on public sector unions. Which, I'm not sure if they were represented in the mural but they have atleast adopted it. Be clear of the difference because they are glaring. Personally the public unions could probably keep all their goodies if we cracked down on the waste, fraud, abuse. Problem is that some of that waste is in redundant state programs. Which will be another fight with unions down the road. If we can ever get to those conversations..." Joe Morin's & Paul Lepages's ignorance and denial withstanding." Like I signed the order to remove the damn thing! Jeez. I think it was dumb. Denial??? Try again Mike. I am an independent that thinks accordingly. Just beatin' to my own drum Mike! LIKE IT OR NOT.

ANGELA MATTHEWS's picture

Sorry Joe the "...dumb painting" comment was a little abrasive.

I agree the beef is not with you or me personally. We all need to stop remaining the silent majority and demand that we are represented. If people in Egypt can remove a dictator after 42 years in power by uniting, we can do the same thing and get a favorable response from the politicians. They are not prepared for or anticipate our unification. We need to focus on our core, common needs some of the time, rather than strictly harping about our differences of opinion.

Joe Morin's picture

Agreed

You're right Mike. It was abrasive and probably distracts from my viewpoints that may be considered more if delivered with more tact. If there were one thing that I could convey to everyone Mike, it would be that I don't trust government and their turkey in every pot lies. Rep. or Dem is irrelevant. I go with the people that I feel will provide the least amount of Government I can get. The painting isn't dumb. Lets say that some peoples reaction to its removal, in my humble opinion, is detrimental to the conversation that we all need to have as Mainers. Mr. Lepage created controversy where none was needed and his detractors used this instance to change the focus from solutions for Maine to how horrible Paul is.

ANGELA MATTHEWS's picture

Joe: I think we agree.

As is usually the case after honest and careful observation, I believe we are in agreement on the core issues.

ANGELA MATTHEWS's picture

The removal of the Labor History Murals

Most of Maine knows very little about Augusta and what goes on there. Things have been out of control for too long, with little accountability to the majority of the taxpayers. Anybody who thinks it is JUST about the murals are wrong and need to give it more thought. I am hoping the mural issue will turn out to be a "trigger", which is a small, insignificant event that causes other major events to occur that DO turn out to be significant!! History is full of such examples. I am not an expert on history but I am positive that what I have written is true. Historical triggers occur in all phases of our lives. A social/political example would be Rosa Parks refusing to go to the back of the bus with rest of the niggers. Several years later major changes occurred in the Civil Rights Movement and lots if people "woke up". One has to study history and politics a bit and look with a broader view to take into consideration the other related issues. While it is true that few people knew about these murals, what is much more important is the petty motivation behind their removal, in the face of many other far more significant issues confronting this State. The removal demonstrates Gov Lepage's priorities and ignores the Taxpayer's needs and expectations. The Governor's blind supporter's have said it has only been 90 days and things take time etc. Well, that is poppycock (a polite way of saying bulls**t)! FDR made enormous changes in his first 90 days; he knew the people needed change and they needed it ASAP. We have an excessive Tax, Spend and Regulation style of Government, a la Great Britian. I'm hoping Gov LePage will put aside his mean-spirited, petty vendettas and lead this State into prosperity. Gov. LePage please stop the waste and inefficiency and put limitations on lobbying, this would be a good start, to name a few things that need to be changed.

RONALD RIML's picture

If you think it's "About a Painting" you don't have a clue, Joe

The murals are symbols, very much as the flag icon which you've posted as your picture.

Now let's say you've just been told to remove it as it offends some people.

Capice???

Mark Elliott's picture

We have some liberals saying

We have some liberals saying this is an "art" issue, some saying it is a "symbol" issue, some saying it is a "rewriting of history" issue, some saying it is an "anti union" issue, some saying it is a "business" issue........am i missing any?? Eeeenie, meeenie, myne, moe...... I'll take "business issue" for sustainability Ron!

Joe Morin's picture

Oh I get it Ron

I disagree with the Gov's decision. Frankly, I thing it is bush league and detrimental to an intelligent conversation on public sector employees and how that affects the state budget. Distractions like this pull us away from the important issues that face Maine. I don't care that a person was offended by the painting or that people are offended by its removal. I get tired of the cries of injustice and the focus that takes away from the issues. Look at the headlines in this paper and its peers around the state. Look at the national headlines on this stuff...foolish. You know what I worry about? Like most of the people of this state? With a winter that won't quit how many more times do I fill my oil tank?? Home heating oil is over a dollar more than last year. I'm sorry I hurt your feelings earlier.

RONALD RIML's picture

It's also quite applicable to those tanks of oil, Joe....

Joe, does it occur to you that if and when decisions are made which will either favor those of us who must pay for that oil - or those who will profit by it - the Governor's mindset will not necessarily lie with the citizens of the state? The implications are very far reaching.

GARY SAVARD's picture

You would think that there

You would think that there would be more concern about what effect the pending AT&T buyout of T-Mobil will have on the Oakland call center and it's seven hundred jobs, but this is Maine, so every media outlet focuses on a mural in a state agency building...days on end. No wonder we are where we are today. No priorities on important issues...like little kids, they focus on marginally relevant crap and make that as big an issue as one can to bolster their position and stir the pot.

Jack Tetreault's picture

Mural

The mural should go. This State has been anti business for too long to its detriment. Where do you think tax money comes from? If there were no business there would be no taxes to levy. No business, no jobs, no welfare. Come on; it takes both labor and business to make our society work. Both labor unions and business are powerful, but they should work to make our products competitive. Do whatever it takes to get there. Negotiations are good, but business always gives and unions always take. It should be different than that. Let's stop the blaming and name calling. Work to be competitive and survive. Otherwise??????????

RONALD RIML's picture

Tax $$ often comes from Workers before Business

How many people are employed by General Electric across the country, Jack??

All these people pay taxes. And what about General Electric??

See --> http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/business/economy/25tax.html?_r=1&hp

"March 24, 2011
G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether
By DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI

General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010.

The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.

Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

That may be hard to fathom for the millions of American business owners and households now preparing their own returns, but low taxes are nothing new for G.E. The company has been cutting the percentage of its American profits paid to the Internal Revenue Service for years, resulting in a far lower rate than at most multinational companies.

Its extraordinary success is based on an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that enables it to concentrate its profits offshore. G.E.’s giant tax department, led by a bow-tied former Treasury official named John Samuels, is often referred to as the world’s best tax law firm. Indeed, the company’s slogan “Imagination at Work” fits this department well. The team includes former officials not just from the Treasury, but also from the I.R.S. and virtually all the tax-writing committees in Congress.

While General Electric is one of the most skilled at reducing its tax burden, many other companies have become better at this as well. Although the top corporate tax rate in the United States is 35 percent, one of the highest in the world, companies have been increasingly using a maze of shelters, tax credits and subsidies to pay far less.

In a regulatory filing just a week before the Japanese disaster put a spotlight on the company’s nuclear reactor business, G.E. reported that its tax burden was 7.4 percent of its American profits, about a third of the average reported by other American multinationals. Even those figures are overstated, because they include taxes that will be paid only if the company brings its overseas profits back to the United States. With those profits still offshore, G.E. is effectively getting money back.

Such strategies, as well as changes in tax laws that encouraged some businesses and professionals to file as individuals, have pushed down the corporate share of the nation’s tax receipts — from 30 percent of all federal revenue in the mid-1950s to 6.6 percent in 2009."

Jack Tetreault's picture

Tax $

Where do you think the people get the money from? Answer- Jobs. Where do the jobs come from? We need both people and business together in creating a great economy, and it needs to be done with sanity. Neither side should have the upper hand. How to do that is the question. I don't have an answer---do you?

RONALD RIML's picture

Fat lot of taxes corporations pay in Maine

The State Individual Income Tax accounts for 18.4% of State Revenue; the Sales and Use Tax – 12.7%, and the Federal Government (our tax dollars) – 44.5%. The State Corporate Income Tax yields but 2.5% of Maine’s Revenue. - http://www.mecep.org/view.asp?news=1486

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Mark, it's true I am a proud liberal

I am a liberal but I also strongly believe in George Patton's notion when he said "When two people think alike, one of them isn't thinking". And so I make it a point to listen to both sides whenever I can. Unlike some Republicans who said after Obama's election that they wanted him to fail, I want Gov. Lepage to succeed. I want to see lower taxes and good jobs come to Maine too. I wish for example that he bought into your idea of making BIW become more commercial and less dependent on military money. General Dynamics won't ever make this happen. It would take leadership in Augusta to marshall our congressional delegation to get federal money for the conversion as well as state money and Bath would have to throw in tax kickbacks and they would have to scour the nation for private investors and then it might go forth as happened when the Brunswick Naval Air Station announced they were closing. Thanks to a huge effort and good leadership the town will most likely avoid disaster. That is the kind of thing I would like to be seeing instead of news about art and room names.

ANGELA MATTHEWS's picture

The leadership in Augusta??!!

The people in Augusta do not have nearly enough "horsepower" to convert anything at General Dynamics, trust me on this one!! In Bath they make a product that is vital to American National Security and the quality and advanced technology that is built in, is the envy of the rest of the World's navies. General Dynamics has a lot of money, power and many, many friends in the American Military/Industrial complex. We lost the BNS, over the objections of Senator Collins. It is a great thought to have more private sector jobs etc, and I have heard GD would like other non-military work. But the Naval shipbuilding is not going away. The level of skilled labor and the security considerations make it impossible to export these jobs and that is a very fortunate thing. Far too many jobs have been exported already!

Mark Elliott's picture

I am a liberal but I also

I am a liberal but I also strongly believe in George Patton's notion when he said "When two people think alike, one of them isn't thinking". And so I make it a point to listen to both sides whenever I can.

*** I agree

Unlike some Republicans who said after Obama's election that they wanted him to fail, I want Gov. Lepage to succeed.

*** The reason some republicans wanted him to fail is because many of us feel his goals were not inline with his promises or the visions of our forefathers, therefore, to succeed would require him to break all his promises and go against everything America stands for. Think about it for a minute, if a man's goal is to commit a wrongdoing, wouldn't you want him to fail at reaching that goal?

I want to see lower taxes and good jobs come to Maine too. I wish for example that he bought into your idea of making BIW become more commercial and less dependent on military money. General Dynamics won't ever make this happen. It would take leadership in Augusta to marshall our congressional delegation to get federal money for the conversion as well as state money and Bath would have to throw in tax kickbacks and they would have to scour the nation for private investors and then it might go forth as happened when the Brunswick Naval Air Station announced they were closing.

*** Ooooor, we could simply make Maine more business friendly and that private company (General Dynamics) would be more willing to throw the money on the table themselves! General Dynamics probably wont make it happen in the current "atmosphere" here in Maine....that is one of the changes LePage wants to make. We MUST have the business if we want the jobs!!

Thanks to a huge effort and good leadership the town will most likely avoid disaster. That is the kind of thing I would like to be seeing instead of news about art and room names.

*** LePage. or his administration are not the ones dragging the mural situation through the mud. If you don't want to keep hearing about it, then I suggest you write the editors and express your feelings about it.

Mark Elliott's picture

There are tens of thousands

There are tens of thousands of people that agree it should be moved as well!........and you don't find that interesting either!

Mark Turek's picture

That's funny Dan

You've asked, "Where are they?" Did you forget that some people have to work for a living so they can pay the excessive taxes which support the Extreme Far-Left movement and all of their daily protests. It's a real shame we have so many wagon-riders these days, but that is now beginning to be addressed by our more fiscally conservative leaders in Augusta.

RONALD RIML's picture

You have to pay excessive taxes because the folks who

can afford to and the corporations aren't picking up their share of the load.

But hey - that's what you want - so live with it.

Mark Elliott's picture

Speaking of imaginative, I

Speaking of imaginative, I didn't say anyone supports the destruction of the mural!

AL PELLETIER's picture

good one Dan

Good one ,Dan but you better run and take cover because Mark is going to start hurling the word "liberal" at you (and Clair).

Mark Elliott's picture

I don't need to hurl

I don't need to hurl "liberal" at Dan, it's very obvious to all of us where he stands. Clair is the only liberal on here that I've seen with enough courage to stand up and say "I'm proud to be a liberal!" I can respect that.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

A Big Deal?

Well the governor may not have intended the removal of the murals to be a big deal but he is now on TV locally and nationally defending this inane decision and calling the citizens of Maine idiots to boot. If he was not so tone deaf politically and if he kept his eye on the ball and worked for all the citizens instead of his chosen few he would not be in these dumb situations.

Mark Elliott's picture

because liberals and the

because liberals and the liberal media have blown this, and every other thing they can, way out of proportion......as usual! He has no choice but to defend his decision at this point! If he didn't, those same liberals would be mocking him for being soft and not good leadership! Sound familiar?? No matter what he does, you liberals will find something to complain about! We had to live with the democrat screw ups for the last 30 years, now it's your turn....enjoy it! It's only been 3 months for you so far!

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

not a question of liberal or conservative

This is a question of LePage understanding that he does not rule Maine - he is the governor.

Ain't it awd - to borrow from the late Bob Elliott - that self proclaimed get the government off our backs love to tell everyone else what to do once they ascend the throne. From libertarian conservative to authoritarian in one jump.

BTW Mark - I am an unreconstructed left of liberal. Most liberals are far too concerned with style than substance. I believe that government was formed to protect the weak and direct shared responsibilities to prevent their exploitation by those who would be king.

Pat Meek's picture

Mural

Doesn't seem to me that organized labor should have anything like that in a state building.

RONALD RIML's picture

Based upon your logic, Pat - there should be no historical

references in State Buildings to the strife that was the Civil War, either.

Reckon you'd rather those battle flags and Regimental Banners come out, also. Seeing how many of those jobs went South, those flags could ironically follow them. :--(

Mark Elliott's picture

Without business and

Without business and corporations the "working man" will become the "stay at home man"!

What is up with this guy???

Again we see the true colors come out..this governor, and the few that voted for him, should be ashamed..the mural is not a problem and it should stay where it is...in the halls of THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR!!!! after all, isn't the mural depicting labor in Maine..or has this I***t forgotten where he came from?? So ashamed to have him as Governor of this state..never have I seen the state of Maines governor make the news so often, for such stupid remarks..what does it say for us..check out the link and see for yourself if you don't believe what others are seeing and saying..pretty bad..
Daily Show: Gov Hurts
www.thedailyshow.com

What is up with this guy???

Again we see the true colors come out..this governor, and the few that voted for him, should be ashamed..the mural is not a problem and it should stay where it is...in the halls of THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR!!!! after all, isn't the mural depicting labor in Maine..or has this I***t forgotten where he came from?? So ashamed to have him as Governor of this state..never have I seen the state of Maines governor make the news so often, for such stupid remarks..what does it say for us..check out the link and see for yourself if you don't believe what others are seeing and saying..pretty bad..
Daily Show: Gov Hurts
www.thedailyshow.com

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

From one idiot to another

It's time to move on Mr. LePage.

I mean leave.

Find a ghost writer to put your name on a book about your two months in office, resign, do a book tour or two, complain about the main stream media, try not to look at the remainders table in Mr. Paperback (it's a bookstore, Guv), and get yourself a gig fielding softballs from Hannity and O'Reilly.

Oh yeah. Check out the confessional. I know I'm taking your inventory, but Pride is the first.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

A Waste of time

Fairchild Semiconductor is sending all of its top jobs to California, Millinocket is struggling to get a deal so the mills can open again and BIW is laying off as are most state, municipal and non-profit agencies and the governor has found the time to worry about the artwork and the names of the rooms. Unbelievable ! This is the Governor who promised jobs. Well Governor, where are the jobs? It would seem his real agenda is beginning to show.

Mark Elliott's picture

Claire, LePage isn't making a

Claire, LePage isn't making a big deal out of the murals, liberals like you and the media are! He simply made the request and you've all taken it from there! He hasn't even been in office for 3 months yet and you expect jobs?? Your messiah has been in DC for over 2 years, where are the jobs he promised?? Lepage's plan is to bring PRIVATE jobs into Maine by making Maine's business environment one that would welcome good PRIVATE business instead of taxing them off (like Fairchild Semiconductor). The only way to get so many jobs in only 3 months is to follow the democrats lead by creating government (public) jobs, and those always cost us tax dollars! BIW is laying off because they are a company that relies on the government teat.........unfortunately, that teat is dry! Time to adjust and start building boats for the PRIVATE industry as well if they want to survive.

RONALD RIML's picture

Or is LePage Clueless?

Hence - if what you claim about his not "making a big deal out of the murals" is true - it's because:

A. He has no idea of the impact of symbols. and/or

B. He just doesn't give a damn about the people he insults.

Either is indicative of his unsuitability for a leadership position.

Mark Elliott's picture

I expect to see Ronald Riml

I expect to see Ronald Riml on the next ballot........

RONALD RIML's picture

Mark; Tell us about your "Leadership Positions"

I've been there. Navy Command Senior Chief Petty Officer... Police LT, a few others.

And you???

Mark Elliott's picture

Being in a "leadership

Being in a "leadership position" does not make one a leader......... a true leader has no subordinates and doesn't need to ask to be followed nor do they need to tell people to follow them. A true leader is simply followed..........

Mark Elliott's picture

Nor do they need to brag!

Nor do they need to brag!

RONALD RIML's picture

So you've never earned a leadership position, Mark....

Nor exercised command in the field.

Mark Elliott's picture

Don't assume......

You know what they say when you assume Ron..........

RONALD RIML's picture

The go for it....

You've room enough on your profile.

Mark Elliott's picture

bragging about my "leadership

bragging about my "leadership positions" will drag local folks and businesses into discussions they may not agree with.

RONALD RIML's picture

No 'bragging' to establishing credibility.....

Well, Mark - You're the one who started this ball rolling with suggesting I put my name in for one - Not I.

If you're unwilling to 'drag folks in' or stick your neck out with discussions others might not agree with, you're probably in the wrong venue to be voicing your opinion.

Mark Elliott's picture

Not suggesting, I EXPECT to

Not suggesting, I EXPECT to see you on the next ballot since you seem to know more about how to fix our government's problems than anyone else.........with all that knowledge you are doing the rest of us a huge disservice by sitting idly by.

RONALD RIML's picture

Obviously more than you, Mark.....

Much more. But I don't have enough years in me to clean up after the LePage debacle.

Mark Elliott's picture

I was actually thinking of

I was actually thinking of Washington DC........after Obama anyone would do well in the eyes of the American people! I'd never run, I'd never make it past the media.....had too much fun in my 20s. I probably have more skeletons than even I know about!

RONALD RIML's picture

My skeletons run right along with me......

God, it was a blast!!!!

Mark Elliott's picture

I was actually thinking of

I was actually thinking of Washington DC........after Obama anyone would do well in the eyes of the American people! I'd never run, I'd never make it past the media.....had too much fun in my 20s. I probably have more skeletons than even I know about!

RONALD RIML's picture

Then you HAVE NO CLUE

Understandably defending LePage.

AL PELLETIER's picture

contest

Now that this P------ contest of words is almost over, I've concluded that in our next presidential election, Ron should run for the job and Mark would make an excellent vice president and I would love the press secretaries job. What a team!!

Mark Elliott's picture

No, that wouldn't work! I

No, that wouldn't work! I don't kiss butt well, and if I did I'd rather it be a firm one!

AL PELLETIER's picture

I was wrong

In a previous post about this mural fiasco I said Lepage will tell his critics to "Kiss his butt" or "go to hell", well I was wrong. Instead he has simply referred to his critics as "idiots". Now that shows real class and respect for your constituents , Governor!!

The Governor

doesn't seem to remember much of Maine's history, to be honest. He would rather scrub out all those stark reminders of when people had no choice but to work for pennies every day and accept everything they were given. No rights, no voice in government. I guess he would rather have the state run by big business and return to those times.
I think he's bought and paid for by big business. It's plenty obvious he has no use for the common people. Of course most of us have no use for him either, and didn't even vote for him.
This is what happens when the government is run by vested interests and have a puppet in place to implement their greatest wishes.

New Home

We should find a new home for the Governor, with soundproofing and doors that lock from the outside.

Bill Whitman's picture

go bob

i can't believe bob menneally and i agree but go bob.
and mr. transparency when asked who had complained about the mural said they couldn't say. why? because as usual they're lying. facts don't seem to be the strong point of this so-called administration. he got shot down on BPA and seat belts and he stuck his foot in a burning bag of stuff again. Finally, his own party is beginning to see what a joke they hired. I don't think he even remembers he's French. He sure doesn't seem to have any compassion for oppressed races.

newplace

Too bad we can't find a newplace for Paul Lepage!

RONALD RIML's picture

Paul's finding his own place without a lot of help.

Never shut a fool up while he's making an azz outa himself........

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