Gov. Paul LePage has floated the idea he could play a role in a Donald Trump presidency, a move that might benefit the state’s Senate president, a fellow Republican with whom he has had a tepid relationship.
LePage, whose term as governor doesn’t expire until 2018, would have to leave office early if he served with Trump. The state constitution says that would mean the Senate president would then become governor.
The president of the Senate is Michael Thibodeau, who has shown more willingness to work with Democrats than LePage has. Thibodeau, of Winterport, also has taken LePage to task in the past, including during 2015 budget negotiations, when he said LePage’s repeated criticism of the process “overshadowed much of the good in the budget.”
Thibodeau and LePage also clashed last year when the governor wanted Government Oversight Committee co-chairman Sen. Roger Katz, also a Republican, to recuse himself from an investigation involving the governor. Thibodeau stood up for Katz.