LePage removes labor mural over the weekend

Mural removed
Steve Mistler

Gov. Paul LePage ordered the disputed mural removed over the weekend.

Editor's note: Story updated at 1:20 p.m. New material in bold.

AUGUSTA — Last week a spokesman for Gov. Paul LePage said the disputed mural at the state Department of Labor would remain there until the administration found a new home.

Apparently the administration has had a change of heart.

The 36-foot mural depicting historical moments in Maine's work history has been removed from the lobby in the Labor Department.

Adam Fisher, a spokesman for the department, said this morning that the mural was removed over the weekend. He referred all additional questions to the Governor's Office.

Last Friday about 250 artists and union workers held a rally at the Labor Department to contest the mural's planned relocation to Portland City Hall. Robert Shetterly, an artist from Brooksville, said his group would mobilize again and urged the Portland City Council to vote against accepting the 11-panel art piece.

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.

It's unclear if pre-empting those factors is the impetus for the governor's decision to reverse its plans to keep the mural in its place until the Portland council's scheduled April vote to accept the relocation.

It's also unclear where the murals have been moved to.

"The mural has been removed and is in storage awaiting relocation to a more appropriate venue," said Adrienne Bennett, a spokeswoman for LePage. "Workers and employers need to work together to create opportunity for Maine’s 50,000 unemployed. We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision, but the Maine Department of Labor has to be focused on the job at hand."

Shetterly called the governor's decision to remove the mural "under the cover of darkness" a "sneaky and cowardly" move.

"If he's so right about why these images should be taken down ... why not do it in the light of day?" Shetterly said.

He said the governor's move would fail if it was designed to pre-empt the protests Shetterly alluded to last week. He predicted the resistance would be more vociferous now.

"The response will be overwhelming," Shetterly said. "Whether it's the NAACP, women, workers or artists, the governor has systematically disrespected all of these people. He seems to be working through each group, one at a time."

He added, "This is a crucial moment for the citizens of this state. I, frankly, can't allow this to happen."

Judy Taylor, the artist who made the mural, said she has no idea where the mural is being kept. Taylor said the governor's office had not contacted her since news broke that the governor planned to remove the 11-panel piece.

Taylor said she was stunned that the governor moved the piece over the weekend.

"To put something in the dark like that is just unAmerican," she said. "I don't know how he (LePage) would feel about his work being taken away from him."

David Marshall is one of nine Portland city councilors who would have voted on accepting the mural April 4. Marshall also originally introduced the idea of bringing the mural to Portland City Hall.

Marshall on Monday said he no longer supported Portland taking the mural.

"What was presented as a gift on Thursday has become a Trojan horse," said Marshall, who attended the protest at the Labor Department last week.

He added, "We heard from hundreds of people not to take the mural."

Marshall said he hadn't discussed the matter with other councilors, however, he said, "My guess is they're receiving the same overwhelming message that I am."

Labor Department employees seemed surprised to see the mural replaced by bare walls and spackling. Several popped into the waiting area to snap photos with their cell phones as news about the sudden removal spread.

smistler@sunjournal.com

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ANGELA MATTHEWS's picture

Gov Lepage removes murals from the Dept of Labor

I am far from being alone when I say I don't know what to make of Gov. Lepage's actions, vis a vis his campaign promishes. He may be trying to conquer his political foes while claiming to balance the budget and "represent the people of Maine". It is not the fault of Organized Labor that Maine was identified as an inefficient, top-heavy State by the independent think tank, Brookings Institution. In that study it was found that Maine spent among the most per student and prison inmate and was one of the highest taxed States, which also had very low wages for workers. Maine has many, most excellent natural resources and an enormous Tourism Potential! I believe we are leveraging merely a fraction of that potential. Now the Governer wants a "Right to Work" law. How many readers know what this law means? It will lower wages and the standard of living further! Attacking skilled and in some cases licensed workers, will not create jobs or balance the budget! The corrupt Maine Turnpike Authority is just the tip of the iceberg of "the good ol' boy network", that is the Government of Maine. But please make no mistake, i blame all of us. The citizens of Maine have never held our elected officials accountable to their inherant obligation, to represent all of the people.
Now it appears that Gov. Lepage has gotten off-track and lost focus. Has the newly acquired power that Gov. Lepage wields, gone to his head? Where are the new jobs? Why no mention about the DHHS and all of the waste and mismanagement there? Please Mr. Gov., stop "mucking around" and go for the "big, fat dog first"!!

Mark Turek's picture

We are now moving in a better direction

and this progress will be further improved when the new Right-to-Work legislation is passed in Maine. The Far-Left union bosses have been taking advantage of honest and hard working people in Maine for too long. It's time to cut the puppet strings and let Maine workers enjoy more of the freedoms they deserve (FMI, see www.MaineRTW.com). It's time for our local labor unions to start acting like labor unions again and stop wasting our tax dollars on their blatant Far-Left political games.

KATHY WILLIAMSON's picture

quick point of info Bob

No business owners ever had meetings there. It was only ever seen by labor folk.

RONALD RIML's picture

Robert - Your side won. Savor your sweet victory for now.

While you can.

KATHY WILLIAMSON's picture

to answer your points

1. It's been mentioned in earlier stories that business owners have never used that place.

2. Yes, if your department is all about meat, you can ignore vegans.

3. Well, that's the Governor's call, and a very good point. Why doesn't he?

CRYSTAL WARD's picture

Labor cleansing step1

STep 1-the historical murals of labor in Maine have been "cleansed "from the Dept. of Labor
Step 2 - the rooms will be renamed to "cleanse" the historical labor people like F. Perkins the first Sec. of Labor under FDR. who was from Maine .

Step 3 ??? Renamed to the Department of Business?
Step 4 who or what is next??

Maybe the sign down in Kittry should read
Maine open for business
closed to Labor.

Steve  Dosh's picture

LePage removes labor mural over the weekend

. .n . b . ,
The mural is now in L /A , correct ? Going to certain museum ¿ Your b e a u t i f u l twin cities ?
t y v m , s/, Dr. Dosh not necessarily an endorsement ---> http://www.twincitytimes.com/

Steve  Dosh's picture

LePage removes labor mural over the weekend

Al , et. al, 11:30 am - ish Monday •
" Well then I guess I don't get to sign a recall petition ...."
Start a petition , you retain that right , as long as you are legal citizen of the Great State of Maine and not a felon to petition your legislature for redress on any matter you so choose Bad dogcatcher ? Appointed Judge ¿ The Sheriff ? Public Utilities Commissioners on the dole ¿
Make sure all signatures are legal by getting a physical address . Phone numbers help , also . It's just like getting your name put on a balllot . There are many ways to remove appointed and elected officials . Some of them just walk out of meetings and abdicate their responsibilities . Others are simply forced in to resignation ( " I am not a crook " :) . Some Governors have been known to call out the National Guard to shoot people ( Ohio : Kent State 1 9 7 0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings ) and even get away with it
We all rather doubt you will be able to impeach your Governor becuase he removed a wall hanging somewhere , though . He probably never even saw it except for in a picture
h t h , Dr. Dosh , Hawai'i u s of a

Rhea Cote Robbins's picture

"Mr. Dexter Shoes" of Maine

I just want to add this thought to this work: The "Mr. Dexter Shoes" of Maine--hundreds of companies historically, and companies to the present day, did not, does not achieve their wealth or "greatness" if it were not for the labor force that gave the "mill owners" their "prestige" and "power." My grandfather and my father worked their entire lives in the now x-paper company in Winslow; my mother worked at the now x-Hathaway Shirt Factory and my mother-in-law as well...I could go on and on listing people I know who did this work...but we all know of "rich" folks making their wealth off the labor of the workers depicted in the murals...there is NO division of labor and management/ownership. I want to see any company be successful without its labor force...

Stan Tetenman's picture

Removal of mural

It was not the media that made this an issue. They only reported on what is happening in our state. It was Mr. LePage who created the issue for suggesting the removal of a mural that depicts the history of labor and business in Maine.
His actions and comments are making news across the country creating an image that will turn off those wishing to visit our beautiful state and suggesting that a labor force is not welcome here.

RONALD RIML's picture

It appears someone in Portland floated the "Second Amendment

Remedy" Sharon Angle referred to last June for when Guv'mint gets a bit tyrannical.

Must take that Tea-bagger Spouting seriously.....

Man charged with threatening to shoot LePage

Dan Marquis's picture

Jobs

So far Gov.Lepage has has only created 2 jobs. One for his daughter and another for the schmuck he hired this weekend to tear down the mural. He has been in office less then 3 months and all he has done is cause hate and discontent.

Steve  Dosh's picture

LePage removes labor mural over the weekend

Mainers, 9 am - ish HST •
" It is interesting that they put out a statement AFTER it has been disclosed in the press."
Would you have rathered they had not responded ¿
Something tells me they can not read minds :)
h t h ? Dr. Dosh , Hawai'i

Doreen Sheive's picture

transparent administration

And, I just received the following email from this so-called transparent administration:
03/28/2011 12:43 PM EDT

"The mural has been removed and is in storage awaiting relocation to a more appropriate venue. Workers and employers need to work together to create opportunity for Maine's 50,000 unemployed. We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision, but the Maine Department of Labor has to be focused on the job at hand."

?Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary to Governor Paul LePage

It is interesting that they put out a statement AFTER it has been disclosed in the press.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Tom, I see your point. The

Tom, I see your point. The mural was commissioned by Mr. 38%, John Baldacci, who spent 60K on the thing, and now, the audacity of Mr. 39% Paul Lepage, having it removed. Yes, all good union soldiers should be outraged. The election percentage only counts when it doesn't work in your favor, I see. That's a common theme used by both sides of the aisle over the past 9 years.

Mark Elliott's picture

You're funny Tom! I've never

You're funny Tom! I've never heard anyone say: "I'm gonna be rich because I work in retail! Woot woot!!"

Marden's pays what retail stores pay! Period! When I searched for my very first job, the three places I would not work were: Department stores, grocery stores, and fast food. Why? Because they don't pay and offer little chance for real success! .....I knew that and I was just a kid!

AL PELLETIER's picture

Mark your wrong!

I worked retail for 27 years and managed 12 retail stores including a Marden"s store. My wife started working for Marden's 27 years ago as a stock clerk and cashier. She now has a great job with Marden's with professional pay and great benefits. Mark, I've been most polite, but I have to suggest you quit blowing smoke out your ass (or keyboard) when you don't have a clue about working your way up in retail.
And Lepage never worked retail until he looked down his nose at all the little people he presided over and it made him feel powerful. He never would have had that job without Mickey Marden who started his retail chain out of the back of an old station wagon selling shoes.
Lepage never would have hired his "green behind the ears" daughter to work at Marden's as it would be far below her aspirations ,so he hired her to do a " do nothing job " for $41K on the taxpayer dollar in Augusta. Sorry to be so blunt, but I feel you need some education on the subject of "retail". Don't forget, without Mardens, and retail Lepage would still be shining shoes. Now go kiss your Governors BUTT!

Mark Elliott's picture

I never said it wasn't

I never said it wasn't possible! My point is, people don't generally grow up planning to be successful in retail. I've never heard a child say: "when I grow up, I want to be a stock clerk so I can work my way up to manager"! Much like I've never heard anyone say: "I'm gonna take that stock clerk job so I can make big money!" Yes, some do it! But of all the stock clerks and/or cashiers Mardens has ever had, what percentage would you say moved up the ladder and found real success?? Was that your plan when you started? To jump on the retail bandwagon and ride it all the way to the top? Or did it originally start as simply a "job" or "stepping stone" to get you to the next stage in your life that you later simply decided to stick with?

I spent quite a few years in retail too, I started at the bottom and worked my way up to management as well, but I also saw a LOT of others come and go along the way. I was only one of very many. The rest didn't make it.

That said, do I regret my years in retail? Absolutely not! I learned a lot that I was able to take with me to the wholesale side of the very same industry. I walked in at ground level to make considerably more than I was as a retail manager. I was still the same person with the same drive. I was still worth the same.....the problem was that retail job just wasn't worth any more than it was paying. My point: You can't take a job as a stock clerk and then complain about the money! It's like buying a 13 inch TV and then complaining that the screen should be bigger, on the same 13 inch TV.

AL PELLETIER's picture

flip flop

Mark, in your first post you wrote," when I searched for my first job, the three places I would not work at were: department stores,grocery stores and fast food". After my post you write,"I spent quite a few years in retail too, I started at the bottom and worked my way up to management".
You and Lepage are a couple of flip flop artist. Have a nice day.

Mark Elliott's picture

Oh Al!! In YOUR previous post

Oh Al!! In YOUR previous post you said to me: "you don't have a clue about working your way up in retail." Well apparently you need to be informed. See, there is more to retail then department stores, grocery stores and fast food! Let's not forget, automotive, power sports, and marine industries for example! Did you intentionally leave those out Al? Or is it simply that you didn't think of them? Ever drive up Center St in Auburn? Or Maine Mall road in Portland? You can't miss the automotive industry there!...........No "flip flop" here Al!

AL PELLETIER's picture

retail

Mark, my retail store management jobs included VIP Automotive Discount, Parts America ( now Advance Auto ), and Pep Boys. When I hired entry level people to wok for me in that venue they were paid the same as department store, grocery store and fast food employees. I also managed two Sherwin Williams stores, owned my grocery store , owned my own paint, carpet and wallpaper store, managed Marden's of Westbrook,owned my own commercial flooring business and my own herbal tea business. I know what entry level pay is in virtually all areas of retail and that is ,minimum wage fits all. Your still a flip flop artist and you've run out of gas but I'll be gracious and give you the last word, as I know you need to have.

Mark Elliott's picture

A you said: "I know what

A you said: "I know what entry level pay is in virtually all areas of retail and that is , minimum wage fits all." I want to thank you for supporting my original point that retail is not where people turn to when they want to make real money! This discussion started when Tom said: "Let me try another direction for you. Imagine the guilt of a man who took the mural down when he supports Marden's wages for the working class." implying that Marden's pays their employees less then they are worth. Marden's is a retail outlet that pays retail wages, in most cases minimum wage just as you yourself supported. Tom (like a few others I have chatted with) was implying that Marden's should pay more and I am saying that if Mardens employees are not happy with the pay then they need to find another line of work because retail pays, what retail pays!

Now, in your post at 5:30 you said: "Mark, in your first post you wrote," when I searched for my first job, the three places I would not work at were: department stores,grocery stores and fast food". After my post you write,"I spent quite a few years in retail too, I started at the bottom and worked my way up to management".
You and Lepage are a couple of flip flop artist. Have a nice day."

You implied that department stores, grocery stores and fast food are the only areas of retail and you state that I flip-flopped when speaking of my career choice then go on to tell us that much of your retail experience is in areas other than department stores, grocery stores and fast food. If you agree that auto parts is retail, then you also agree that I did NOT flip flop when speaking of my experience.

Mark Elliott's picture

Al, show us all the "flip

Al, show us all the "flip flop"!

AL PELLETIER's picture

done

Continuing to have a battle of wit against an unarmed man is pointless. It's your turn, Ron. I'm done.

RONALD RIML's picture

Like arm-wrastlin' with a two by four.....

I always got a kick out of listening to the management at K-Mart pizz and moan about the bottom feeders shop-lifting there.

They never could quite figure out why they blended in so well with their regular clientele.....

Mark Elliott's picture

Liberal rule # 1, Always end

Liberal rule # 1, Always end a discussion with a personal attack or insult, then extricate yourself as quick as you can!

You said I flip flopped and I am calling you out. Quote AND link to my flip flop. You're a smart guy, you are perfectly capable of doing so......if it really exists! If you can make that claim in public, you can back it up with facts in public as well!

RONALD RIML's picture

Mark - Your nose has grown!! Something catch up with you?


Mark Elliott's picture

Don't imply someone is lying

Don't imply someone is lying unless you can show us all what the lie is!

RONALD RIML's picture

You haven't noticed your newly enlarged proboscis

between your two tusks??

Or are you so much denser than even I gave you credit for???

Mark Elliott's picture

Not good enough Ron. If

Not good enough Ron. If you've got the brass to call me a liar in public, then you need to back it up in public as well! Quote AND link to my lie so we can ALL see it!

RONALD RIML's picture

And don't expect to insult Liberals without catching Hell back.

This is a two way street here. So if you're going to paste an icon up with a 'long nose' - be prepared to suffer the slings and arrows as you also deliver them.

RONALD RIML's picture

Take a 'Chill Pill' Mark That's all it was.

Grow some skin on your hide. When I call someone out for lying, I quote them chapter and verse, as I did Robert Reed very early this morning.

see --> http://www.sunjournal.com/comment/77486#comment-77486

Mark Elliott's picture

are you saying that you

are you saying that you weren't really calling me a liar? The words "Mark - Your nose has grown!! Something catch up with you?" accompanied by a picture of Pinochio was just coincidental?

My skin is plenty thick enough Ron.........it's just that a liberal admitting he made a mistake is such a rarity I just don't want to miss out on seeing one!

RONALD RIML's picture

And you admitting your mistake or weakness is what???

Notice I don't drag it down to the level of 'Conservative Vs Liberal' name calling as you do.

Mark Elliott's picture

What mistake and what

What mistake and what weakness? Again, making claims without backing them up Ron. Quit leaving everyone guessing!

I don't believe that using the term "liberal" or "conservative" is a bad thing. Call a spade a spade. You can call me a conservative all day long as I am proud to be one and you should be proud to be a liberal. Claire is, are you?

Doreen Sheive's picture

transparent administration

And, I just received the following email from this so-called transparent administration:
03/28/2011 12:43 PM EDT

"The mural has been removed and is in storage awaiting relocation to a more appropriate venue. Workers and employers need to work together to create opportunity for Maine's 50,000 unemployed. We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision, but the Maine Department of Labor has to be focused on the job at hand."

?Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary to Governor Paul LePage

It is interesting that they put out a statement AFTER it has been disclosed in the press.

Ellen Levesque's picture

Good for Paul LePage. By

Good for Paul LePage. By having the murals moved on the weekend, it was a much safer invironment for all involved. Now perhaps everyone will be able to focus on more important issues. I am willing to bet that all the folks posting their hate on these forums didn't even know that the murals existed until the liberal media and the union organizers got them all whipped up.

ROGER COUTURIER's picture

Good call by Lepage!

Judy Taylor, the artist who made the mural, said "I don't know how he (LePage) would feel about his work being taken away from him." Did she not get paid $60,000 for the work? Therefore it is no longer hers. It is amazing how artists think! Realistically, it was a mistake to put up the mural in the first place. The department of labor should be a neutral ground not one depicting strikes and labor unions.

Mark Turek's picture

Great point

If she doesn't like that decision, what are the chances she'll give back the $60,000 tax dollars in exchange for the mural?

Mark Elliott's picture

Robert, It's best just to

Robert, It's best just to break it up with a stick and flush it!

Jan Bachelder's picture

Though I understand

everyones frustration at how this was handled, and the anger at the way things were done, my big questions is where is the outrage and frustration that should be aimed at the fact that our lawmakers, legislature and illustrious Gov are wasting their time and our money on things such as murals and whoopie pies??? THAT is what should be making front page news.

MICHAEL FOX's picture

Glad it's Gone

Removing it over the weekend could be seen as controversial, but it was the best time to do it. Yes it may look suspicious, or make him look like a coward, but doing it over the weekend when no one was around was the easiest time to do it.

Now that it has been removed, perhaps it will go to the Maine State Museum or another state based museum where it can be viewed/enjoyed by all. By leaving it where it was, the only ones that could enjoy it were the ones that had business with the dapartment. I never knew about the mural until he wanted it removed. How many of you did?

We should be worried about finances. That has more of an impact on our future than a mural depicting the way life used to be.

AL PELLETIER's picture

stealing our art

This art work belongs to the people of Maine and the fact that it was stolen in the safety of darkness is nothing but simple thievery. He stole candy as a kid and now art from the people of Maine. But, as he said, we critics of this dumb move are all idiots so what does it matter. Well this idiot is smart enough to know how to sign a recall petition!

Geraldine Thompson's picture

It has not been stolen. It

It has not been stolen. It has been moved and will be in a location where more people will see it.

Naran Row-Spaulding's picture

That Pesky Thing Called State Law

You could sign 1,500 petitions, all to no avail. Maine has no recall provision for the Governor.

AL PELLETIER's picture

new law

Well then I guess I don't get to sign a recall petition, but I just had a thought, why doesn't Lepage work on trying to enact such a useful law instead of playing hide and seek with property that belongs to Maine and bringing shameful national attention to our state.

Rita Moran's picture

Recall

Maine may not have a recall statute, but it does have a way for citizens to collect signatures and get a recall law onto the ballot.

Mark Elliott's picture

actually......hopefully 8

actually......hopefully 8 more!

AL PELLETIER's picture

smart guy

Mark, I always pictured you as a pretty smart guy. Too smart, in fact, to be a glutton for punishment. Oh well.

Mark Elliott's picture

We shall see!

We shall see!

Tony Morin's picture

I hope you don't

I hope you don't bet on horses.

Naran Row-Spaulding's picture

Common Sense, Exactly What was Needed

A common-sense move by the Governor and his team. Now, the DOL can get back to work. Exactly what I expected.

Jason Theriault's picture

The only benefit from double posting

Is I can disagree with you twice.

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

Site slow

I think the double posting is the result of the site not reacting when people try to publish comments. They click twice because they assume the first one didn't go through.

I could "agree" with Mr. LePage's defenders, but that would only make me wrong too.

Naran Row-Spaulding's picture

You're entirely welcome to

You're entirely welcome to disagree with me two thousand times... up to you.

The forum on here is being squirrelly, thus the double post Oh well.

Naran Row-Spaulding's picture

Common Sense, Exactly What was Needed

A common-sense move by the Governor and his team. Now, the DOL can get back to work. Exactly what I expected.

Cris Johnson's picture

What a remarkably dumb

What a remarkably dumb political move.

At a time when even his moderate Republican support is waning, Governor Paul "Le Petomane" LePage has set a new world record by blowing out the now nationally famous Taylor Murals at the Department of Labor with a single flatulent blast in the dead of night.

Paul, you've flayed the backs of working-class Mainers with your budget cuts. Why in the world are you throwing salt on their wounds?

Bob Woodbury's picture

Now we know...

where the term "bully pulpit" came from. But don't worry. He'll change the name to the Department of Business. It's a shame an ineffective legislature can't reign him in.

Jason Theriault's picture

Political Capital

Before I begin, let me say having seen the mural in real life, let me say that I think it does overpower the room and feels out of place.

That said, Paul LePage is an idiot. He is a political amatuer, and we probably only serve one term.

Disagree with me all you want, but from the get go, I have been saying he wont destroy Maine, and that everyone should give him a chance. Well, with that chance I gave him, he had jumped on every super politically viable topic he can find, and plant a flag.

Was the mural costing Maine jobs? Probably not(if you think it was, well then we have more serious problems if we can't attract business because of a mural)

So why make a big deal of it? All your doing is giving the other side more ammo to fundraise and charge up their side. The tea party is losing steam fast, meanwhile the coffee party(or whatever you want to call them) is picking up momentum, and gearing up for next November.

This creates no jobs, it doesn't endear you with people who didn't already love you, and it infuriates those who you don't want to motivate.

Its a dumb move.

Bob Wright's picture

Has anyone given the

Has anyone given the slightest thought to why it was done of the weekend? Could it possibly be that it was the best time to do it, as to not disrupt the office when it is open for business?

The sheer hatred for LePage is unbelievable.

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

Spin, spin, spin

LePage ordered it removed on the weekend and without notice so it would be done before people and the media knew about it.

The man is a coward which is the mark of the average schoolyard bully. Most of them take a swipe at the most defenseless, then run when unexpectedly confronted.

Hatred - no it's called pity. Both for us who must suffer the damage he is doing and for him because he becomes less than each time he opens his mouth.

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

Spin, spin, spin

LePage ordered it removed on the weekend and without notice so it would be done bedore people and the media knew about it.

The man is a coward which is the mark of the average schoolyard bully. Most of them take a swipe at the most defenseless, then run when unexpectedly confronted.

Hatred - no it's called pity. Both for us who must suffer the damage he is doing and for him because he becomes less than each time he opens his mouth.

Weekend Work

Having worked in Federal and State buildings for several years, it's been my experience that when work is scheduled over weekends staff are notified ahead of time....especially for work such as removing a mural. I guess this is one way for our illutrious gov to get his own way! I hope it's going to Museum L/A--the history of our labor and industry is what they're all about.

Bob Woodbury's picture

No.

The thought of it being the best time to do it never entered my mind. And if there is hatred, he earned it.

ANGELA CURRIER's picture

cowardice!!!!

Well I guess we now have something depicting the brilliance of our Governor a blank wall with some spackle.... LePage at his finest. What more proof do we need that this man is underhanded and uncaring to public opinion, I wonder how long it takes for the late night comedy shows to highlight his latest idiot move.

Bill Whitman's picture

RECALL -RECALL -RECALL

i sure hope those guys that did the removing got paid overtime but with Lepage's policies toward labor, he probably had them do it for free at gunpoint or he hired one of those out of state businesses he's wooing to do it. probably the one he wants to take over the state prison.
So, why don't the 62% that didn't vote for him get a petition going and get this butthead out of there before he does something that really affects all of us. If this bonehead can screw up this many times in 3 months, at the end of 4 years, we'll all be living in a police state.
RECALL - RECALL - RECALL -RECALL
I'm not computer savvy enough to start an online petition but if somebody out there is, let's get it going and deliver it to the state house with 62% of Maine voters signatures. hmmm -would that be a majority.

Mark  Bonin's picture

Can you say RECALL?

We need to get this person out of Augusta, he's out of control.

Doreen Sheive's picture

honesty

I do not believe that this administration knows the meaning of honesty. What a shame that one dishonest man can influence so many to follow in his foot steps.

Peter Morrison's picture

You can't be...

...surprised this happened over the weekend. I was talking with family and friends about this and we all agreed that we would not be surprised to see it removed sometime over the weekend. It only makes sense. No protesters, no staff, nobody needing to do business there, all will be quiet there, and it could be done very quietly.

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

Why doesn't this surprise me?

LePage just flipped the bird at the people of Maine, again.

By doing it on the weekend with no one looking provided more proof - cowardice - that he is little more than a schoolyard bully.

Absolutely pathetic.

It's time to resign, LePage.

But, since that won't happen, it's time for an amendment to the Maine constitution to allow the people to retire him involuntarily. It's called recall and most democracies have a way to do it.

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