Former Republican Gov. of Maine, Paul LePage, announced on Monday that he is running for state governor again in 2022, having served two terms previously.
“Today, I officially begin my campaign for governor of Maine,” LePage said in his campaign ad. Maine faces several challenges and we must work to build a better future based on individual freedom, fiscal responsibility, and an economy that empowers everyone, including our rural communities. We simply cannot continue to look to Washington DC for bailouts, grants or leadership. “
LePage will be holding a launch event this fall, on a date yet to be announced. He will not be doing any interviews until then.
He was first elected governor of Maine in 2010 and was sworn in in January 2011. He stepped down in 2019 and was replaced by Democrat Janet Mills. Mills has yet to make an official announcement regarding a re-election campaign, although she has started fundraising, as reported by multiple media outlets.
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LePage boasts a record of cutting unnecessary spending, implementing welfare reform and cutting taxes.
In a coup to Mills, LePage said Monday that Maine was “on the verge of failure again” due to unsustainable budgets and policies that favor vested interests over the working class.
During his two-term tenure, which is the consecutive legal limit in Maine, there was an impeachment attempt against him. Much of it centered around allegations that he was exercising his power to intimidate and manipulate individuals and groups. The attempt failed.
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He also became famous for his improvised remarks.
He accepted the criticism for saying that out-of-state drug dealers with names like “D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” were selling heroin in Maine and impregnating “a young white girl.[s]” Before leaving.
As a candidate for governor in 2010, LePage said he would tell President Barack Obama “to go to hell” if elected.
There were also reports in 2013 that LePage told a group of Republicans that Obama “hated white people.”
While Maine law prohibits governors from serving more than two consecutive terms, it does not prevent them from serving additional non-consecutive terms.
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