“Once we take office, Paul will put 11,000 bureaucrats to work getting Republicans re-elected.”
On January 28, 2011 At 6:20 am
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Dan Demeritt is the Communications Director for Gov. Paul LePage, but acted as his press spokesman during the gubernatorial campaign and for LePage’s transition team.
Obviously, any executive wants to have a team in place around them, as it makes it easier to further their agenda. For a governor, this means not only immediate staff, but a supportive Legislature. To that end, and within the limits of the law, a governor will help to elect like-minded people running for the House or Senate.
More than two weeks before the inauguration, on 18 December 2010, Demeritt sent the email below to trusted members of the LePage inner circle. With the subject “incumbent protection,” it outlines what then Gov.-Elect LePage’s plan is, including:
* Getting Sen. Olympia Snowe to get her “state offices involved in increasing the profile of our people.”
* Coordinating with Legislative leadership, Constitutional officers, and “every department, every agency and the Governor himself.” As an example, Demeritt provides this:
We are probably going to pay the hospital debt through 2009 as part of the supplemental budget – about $259 million. We need to take several bites of the apple along the way – when we introduce the supplemental, when we pass it, when the Governor signs it. And I’ll even make sure our members know the exact day the exact amount of State funding transferred (and the amount) to their local hospitals so our members can show up with a big symbolic check to make it a press event. I like the visual of Garret Mason standing outside Central Maine Medical Center with a plywood-sized check in his hand signed by Paul LePage for $40 Million Dollars (or whatever the actual amount is).
* Identify “Local Contacts we can use to push information into communities through email / face book / word of mouth”
* Train staff to use their time wisely. Termed members have to take a back seat to freshmen.
While all of this may be within the bounds of the law, what Demeritt concludes with certainly is not:
I’d like to connect the week before Christmas with you and key staff. If you are not in town, we can hopefully get some of your staffs putting together some of the resources / information we are going to need to get rolling. Once we take office, Paul will put 11,000 bureaucrats to work getting Republicans re-elected.
Well, maybe it will be just 9,000 bureaucrats after Gov. LePage is done laying-off people.
Update: There have been some questions regarding if there is a law about State employees used for political campaigning, and there is: [Title 5 Part 17-A Chapter 372 §7056-A. http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/5/title5sec7056-A.html].