Canadian Reader Bob sent an item on his neighbor, Maine’s Governor Paul LePage, who has some principled centrism to share with us:
It’s no big secret that Gov. Paul LePage wants to shrink state government, but he took that idea a step further on Thursday by maligning an entire block of state workers as “corrupt.”
According to press accounts of the event, LePage was asked a question about fees at the latest town hall forum in Newport. Here’s how he responded:
“Believe me, there is a lot of good and hardworking people that work for the state. They are not the problem,” he said, according to press accounts of the event in Newport. “The problem is the middle management of the state is about as corrupt as you can be. Believe me, we’re trying every day to get them to go to work, but it’s hard.”
He offered no proof of corruption, no data to back his case that these managers don’t work and he didn’t identify a specific department. He did go on to talk about how most of these employees are not appointed by him and are protected through union contracts.
After saying this, he dug his hole deeper by writing a letter to state employees explaining that it isn’t all of them, just some of them, who are corrupt.