AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has penned letters to Democrats who voted against his bill aimed at ensuring uniformed military recruiters get access to public schools.

Rep. Brian Hubbell of Bar Harbor told the Portland Press Herald that apparently all 45 Democrats who voted against the bill received hand-written notes.

Rep. Charles Priest of Brunswick, who won a Bronze Star in Vietnam, said LePage wrote that he hadn’t “seen or heard such disregard” for the military since the Vietnam era. Other lawmakers said LePage capitalized “WRONG” and “SHAME.”

Critics said the bill was unnecessary because federal law already ensures access for military recruiters.

LePage’s spokeswoman said Sunday that he also wrote notes of thanks to Senate President Justin Alfond and House Speaker Mark Eves for supporting the military recruiter bill.


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