Demeritt’s “11,000 bureaucrats” email sent to Senate and House leadership, LePage’s Chief of Staff
On February 3, 2011 At 6:30 pm
Responses : No Comments
Last week an email from Dan Demeritt, press spokesman for then Gov-Elect Paul LePage, was leaked which claimed that “Once we take office, Paul will put 11,000 bureaucrats to work getting Republicans re-elected.”
The names of the recipients of that email were redacted, but in response to a FOAA request by Dirigo Blue, the names are now known (see the unredacted email below). They are:
Senate Majority Leader Jon Courtney (R-York)
House Whip Andre Cushing (R-Hampden)
John McGough, now Chief of Staff to Gov. LePage
Kathleen Newman, now Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. LePage
At the time that the email was sent (18 December 2010), both Courtney and Cushing were members of the 125th Maine Legislature, having been sworn in on 1 December 2010.
McGough bio from the Governor’s website is of interest:
McGough previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for the Governor’s campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, McGough was the Director of Human Resources for the City of South Portland. McGough previously served as Assistant City Administrator/Human Resources Officer for the City of Waterville. He is also the former Chief of Staff for the House Republican Office of the Maine House of Representatives.
McGough was working in the House Republican Office in 2000, and was around when Scott Fish (founder of AMG) was fired from his job as their communications director. Oddly, Dan Dameritt’s brother Darrin replaced Fish.
Newman was the President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine and member of LePage’s transition team before she jumped to the Governor’s staff.
One or more of these four recipients of Dermeritt’s email forwarded it to others, because sources tell me it went viral – I have spoken to Democratic members of the Legislature that received it. Which makes reports of Demeritt’s attempts to flush out the whistle blower who leaked the document rather pointless.
It’s not yet clear if the email led to meetings or other discussions to refine Deremitt’s plans.