First he came under fire for vetoing a unanimously passed bill to expand access to a heroin overdose antidote. Next he endured withering criticism for poking fun at foreign accents. Then he faced scrutiny for holding a closed-door meeting deemed illegal by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.
Finally, on Tuesday, the governor walked out of a public event just as he started delivering a speech because two students were silently holding protest signs in the back of the crowd.
All in all, it was a tough week for Gov. Paul LePage, who appears to have reached a new level of frustration with the news media, the Legislature and a lack of progress on his key policy initiatives.
“This has been a very difficult legislative session,” Ray Richardson, a conservative radio talk show host in Portland and a personal friend of LePage, said of the governor’s reaction to the student protesters. “Let’s be honest. The political environment we all find ourselves in is a very fractious environment from all sides. It can get old. We have to remember that Gov. Paul LePage is a person first. A husband and a father second. And a governor third.”