LePage: Democratic leaders’ “cloud of blind hatred” to blame for budget showdown
On June 13, 2013 At 7:50 am
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WCSH-TV reported yesterday that Gov. Paul LePage thinks shutting down state government would be “less painful and less damaging” than the biennial budget that recently unanimously received from the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee (AFA). The budget, known as LD1509, will likely be taken up by the House for initial votes later today. It requires a 2/3 voted from each chamber to pass.
Speaking to WCSH reporter Don Carrigan, LePage laid the blame for the budget showdown on legislators:
I thought that two years ago we were on the right track. Now – right now it’s this. There’s a cloud of blind hatred coming from the 3rd Floor, from a couple of people. And I don’t play that kind of politics.
Carrigan went on to explain that LePage was referring to Senate President Justin Alfond and Speaker of the House Mark Eves. Both men are Democrats. It is unclear what impact the Governor’s statement will have on working relationships with the Legislature.