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Maine Gov Gets Angry in Meeting with Independents
01/22/2013 10:44 AM ET  

One of the independents attending the Jan. 15 meeting says the governor got angry when told that constituents were unhappy with his two-year budget proposal, especially his plan to suspend municipal revenue sharing for two years.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Independents meeting with Gov. Paul LePage to discuss the state budget say the governor lost his cool during the session.

According to the Portland Press Herald, one of the independents attending the Jan. 15 meeting, Rep. Jefferey Evangelos of Friendship, says the governor got angry when told that constituents were unhappy with his two-year budget proposal, specifically LePage's plan to suspend municipal revenue sharing for two years.

Evangelos says LePage pounded his fists on the Cabinet Room table and swore at the three lawmakers. Later, he said that they were "worse'' than Democrats and stormed out of the meeting.

Rep. Benjamin Chipman of Portland, who also attended, confirmed Evangelos' account and said it wasn't a very constructive meeting.

A message left with LePage's spokeswoman Tuesday was not immediately returned.


 

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