Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced late Monday afternoon that he has taken the unusual step of filing a lawsuit against Maine Attorney General Janet Mills over what he claims is her abuse of power.
LePage, a Republican, has repeatedly clashed with Mills, a Democrat, who was elected by the Maine Legislature in 2013. In a written statement, the governor says Mills has repeatedly refused to represent the administration in court cases with which she does not agree politically.
According to LePage, this has left state agencies, including the executive branch, without legal representation and resulted in Maine taxpayers being required to spend “hundreds of thousands of dollars in outside attorneys fees.”
“It is no secret that Attorney General Mills and I have differing political views,” LePage said. “But that is not the issue. The problem is she has publicly denounced court cases which the executive branch has requested to join and subsequently refuses to provide legal representation for the state.”