In handwritten note, LePage calls legislator a “bald face liar”
On July 14, 2012 At 6:05 am
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In a handwritten note, Gov. Paul LePage called a State Senator John Patrick (D-Oxford) a “bald face liar.” This was in response to an email that Patrick sent to his constituents a couple of weeks ago. As AJ Higgins at Maine Public Radio reported this evening:
Several weeks ago, a very official-looking letter arrived at Democratic Sen. John Patrick’s house in Rumford. He says the sender was non other than Gov. Paul LePage. “And I’m saying, ‘Oh, office of the governor,’” Patrick says. “‘I must be getting an invitation to something.’”
As a matter of fact Patrick did get an invitation: to the wood shed. “‘My goodness gracious,’ I says, ‘The governor of the state of Maine just told me that I was a bald-faced liar and cheat.’ I was floored,” Patrick says.
What triggered the broadside from Maine’s chief executive was an e-mail blast Patrick had put out after the Legislature had adjourned. It lamented the fact that Gov. LePage said he planned to freeze the release of a $25 million bond that was approved by the voters in 2010.
The note from LePage to Patrick is below. It reads:
You are a bald face liar and cheat. Character eludes you. It is up to the Governor’s discretion on when bonds are sold, he has five years.
The email that led to this tirade from Gov. LePage is below. In it Patrick concludes with:
The Governor believes that Maine voters are not smart enough and cannot be trusted to make wise decisions. The Governor believes that only he has the capacity to make good decisions. The Governor needs to realize that Maine voters are indeed smart enough to make decisions at the polls, and that he was elected to govern and not to dictate the policies that impact Maine voters.