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Gov. Paul LePage delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at the State House in Augusta, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Well this answers our question:

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) told supporters at a private fundraiser hosted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) that he intends to seek reelection, putting to rest speculation that he would not seek a second term.

The fundraiser was closed to the press, but two Maine newspapers, the Maine Sun Journal and the Portland Press Herald, quoted state Sen. Andre Cushing (R-Hampden) saying that LePage made the announcement.

LePage told reporters last week that his future was uncertain. "I am going to be meeting with my family at some point and we are going to be talking it over," he said.

LePage has attracted national attention for his vulgar language and for shutting out the press. He said that a Maine Democratic lawmaker "claims to be for the people, but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline." He also has compared the IRS to the Gestapo and told the Portland branch of the NAACP to "kiss my butt." - Huffington Post, 7/3/13

Yep, LePage is actually going to seek a second term.  And why not?  He can double his record of vetos if he wins re-election:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage greets his supporters at his election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Waterville, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)   Original Filename: Maine Governor.JPEG-09980.jpg
Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed more bills this year than any other Maine governor in recent history — and the session isn't over yet.

LePage has vetoed 57 bills so far this session, recently surpassing Independent Gov. James Longley who vetoed 49 bills in 1977.

Since 1975, no other governor has vetoed as many bills in a single session, according to information from the Maine's Law and Legislative Reference Library. Veto statistics for governors prior to 1975 were not immediately available. - AP, 7/3/13

LePage has vetoed everything from a $6.3million two budget to a bill requiring background checks for firearms.  This might be his biggest and douchiest veto:

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed legislation on Monday which would have authorized a long-term study to prepare the state's communities and businesses for the effects of climate change.

The bill called for a multi-agency work group to develop legislative guidelines over the next two years, utilizing a climate change report submitted to the state house in 2010.

"I have serious objections to Resolves that impose unfunded mandates on the Executive branch or when the substance of the work is already being done," LePage wrote in a letter to the legislature, dismissing the plan as merely "layers of workgroups and reporting."

The bill left funding of the study up to the state agencies involved. It also instructed the work group to look for "funding from nongovernmental sources to assist with costs," but didn't name any specific entities. - Huffington Post, 6/26/13

Former Governor Jeb Bush (R. FL) was helping raise money for LePage yesterday.  So much fro trying to come off as the "sane" GOP Presidential candidate:

Much has been made about Jeb Bush being perhaps too moderate for the GOP, thanks to his willingness to criticize the party’s right flank on immigration and rhetoric. “It’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective,” Bush said last year after one of his party’s presidential primary debates.

So it’s surprising to see that Bush is hosting a fundraiser for Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage today in Kennebunkport, the tony seaside town where George H.W. Bush has long kept a summer estate.

On immigration and education, Bush’s two signature items, LePage has touted how a private school was able to bring up its math scores “because they bring kids from Asia.”

Jeb Bush may be the GOP’s best hope on climate change, but five days ago, LePage vetoed a bill to authorize a long-term study of how climate change will impact Maine. And he blacklisted three newspapers after they published a series of articles exposing possible corruption in the Department of Environmental Protection. - Salon, 7/2/13

And Maine voters, look who was helping LePage fundraise for his re-election bid:

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was a co-host of the event and former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe was listed as an event sponsor but was not present Tuesday. - Maine Sun Journal, 7/2/13
So much for trying to paint yourself as the last moderate Republican in the U.S. Senate there, Susan.  Hopefully Rep. Mike Michaud (D. ME-02) will be jumping into the race so we can unseat this lunatic teabagger.

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 09:34 AM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA), Shut Down the NRA, Climate Change SOS, In Support of Labor and Unions, Climate Hawks, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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