When Governor Paul LePage was trying to woo Airbus to build a plant in Maine (it went to Alabama), he talked to Airbus
Americas chairman Allan McArtor.
In that conversation, LePage told the Portland
Community Chamber "Eggs and Issues" breakfast
yesterday, there were three topics of conversation, according to the governor:
Governor Paul LePage is a really fucking savvy political operator. And he's
about to pull his biggest switcheroo ever, if the Dems let him get away with
It might look like he's about to tear himself in half, given how fast he's
running away from Obamacare on the one hand,
and racing to embrace it on the other.
But LePage's real goal is this: he wants to hand hundreds of millions of
taxpayer dollars to Maine
hospitals (to pay off old debt) without spending a dime on present or future
costs of providing poor Mainers with quality affordable health care.
What he said in his inaugural address: “The word ‘people’ appears in the Maine Constitution 49
times. You cannot find a single mention of the words, ‘politics,’ ‘Republican,’
‘Democrat,’ ‘Green,’ or ‘independent’
in 37 pages of preambles, articles, and sections of our state constitution.”
While his context was about political affiliation, and he’s
right about the first four items on his list, the basic simple truth is that
the word “independent” appears three times — in the Preamble, Article I, and
Eliot Cutler just finished his concession speech at his Commercial Street headquarters. (His staff had already begun clearing it out before the speech.)
About an hour earlier, he'd called Paul LePage to concede
close," someone said by way of greeting. "Close doesn't
count," he said dryly before approaching the podium.
With the Bangor Daily News predicting a LePage win, Eliot Cutler's campaign staff have begun clearing out the campaign office on Commercial Street. Here is a pic of a bunch of Cutler promo materials in the Dumpster.
Cutler himself is slated for a press conference at noon, at which he is expected to concede.
First thing that came to my mind last night as I watched the election returns: Mitt Romney and Shannon O'Brien. Republican and Democratic Massachusetts gubernatorial opponents in 2002 -- him the businessman outsider, her the state-government veteran. Or, as the Associated Press said today about Maine's upcoming governor's race between Paul LePage and Libby Mitchell: "a general election pitting a limited-government conservative against a liberal Statehouse insider."