PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage is telling Portland business leaders that Democrats are to blame for what he calls pervasive gridlock in the state’s government.
LePage spoke Thursday before the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. He focused heavily on education, welfare fraud and business growth, all of which he said were issues hampered by partisanship in state politics. He faulted Democrats in the state House of Representatives for rejecting changes to the state’s welfare system last month.
LePage told the crowd that “ideologues who are progressive and liberal” have halted his attempts to attract businesses and expand charter schools.
LePage, a Republican, was elected in 2010. He faces a re-election bid against Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler.