Why Engage with LePage?
We need more rational, reasonable, thoughtful leaders like in public office not immature, erratic, racist leaders. Before Donald Trump was elected, one of the leading racist blowhards in office was Governor Paul LePage of Maine. Thankfully, Gov. LePage is termed out of the Governorship in 2018 but can still wreak havoc. He is critical of both Senators Susan Collins (whose seat is up in 2020) and Angus King (whose seat is up in 2018) - most recently for their courageous leadership in stopping the Senate repeal of the Affordable Care Act. If that repeal passed, it would have taken health care away from as many as 32 million Americans and stop up to 95,000 in Maine alone from getting care by 2019. While his lead consultant has said “[LePage will] not enter the United States Senate race in 2018”, his erratic behavior leaves little comfort that he will hold to that statement. He is currently threatening to challenge Angus King for Senate and must be stopped. Until March 15th, 2018, he is a risk.
Main Voters is launching a special project - a Stop LePage Campaign to highlight the damage that he has done to our state. He leadership is not wanted in Augusta, our nation's capitol or anywhere in America. By raising awareness about the damage he has done to Maine and he could do if elected to the US Senate, Main Voters hopes to send a message to Paul LePage to never run for public office again. Main Voters will build the case against a potential LePage candidacy, and the LePage legacy, through traditional and social media and paid media. Many political committees have been formed to encourage candidates to run for office - we seek to do the opposite. We want to stop LePage from running.
The only way we can end LePage’s political career is by bringing voters from all parties together to help expose him as the erratic, bigoted radical that he is. The reason we’ve been stuck with LePage since 2011 is because in both of his elections, the anti-LePage vote was split between multiple candidates and there was no unifying figure that Mainers could rally behind to stop LePage from ever going near the Blaine House.
Now that LePage is making on-again, off-again threats to run for the U.S. Senate, there’s a real chance he could have the same luck as he did in 2010 and 2014 and we wake up the day after the election with one of the most embarrassing, ill-informed politicians in history as our new senator.
Regardless of LePage’s denials about running for senate, we need to act now – his promises stopped meaning anything long ago. The mere fact that he’s thinking about running for senate requires action from the rest of us, to stop LePage before he even gets his name on another ballot. There is far too much at stake for us to just sit back and wait to see how it all plays out, which is why Main Voters is taking a stand NOW and asking Mainers like you to join us in this fight.
What will the program do?
The first campaign of Main Voters will be StopLePage.org a campaign to bring attention to the harmful policies and erratic behavior of Maine’s Governor. Our goal is simple to galvanize those who are tired of LePage’s crazy behavior put an end to Governor LePage’s political career.
There are Democrats, Republicans, Independents and members of every other political party across Maine who are counting down the days left in LePage’s term as governor, people who are eagerly looking forward to not cringing when one of their state’s leaders appears in public with a live microphone. But until now, there hasn’t been an organized, nonpartisan, independent organization dedicated to ensuring that LePage’s political career ends in 2018.
Many Mainers already know about LePage’s history of racist comments and hardcore right-wing beliefs. We’re taking about a politician who proudly make these kinds of statement in public:
“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty…these types of guys…half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave…”
-Portland Press Herald, 1/7/16
“…the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in, are people of color or people of Hispanic origin.”
-Washington Post, 8/26/16
“(LePage) once told the Maine NAACP to ‘kiss my butt,’ and vowed to tell President Obama to ‘go to hell.’”
-Portland Press Herald, 1/7/16
We’ve heard enough of this kind of talk from LePage – we can’t allow him to have a platform for this kind of speech in Washington. Main Voters will conduct research, monitor speeches and statements, and expose LePage’s true agenda as he continues his term as governor and prepares for a possible senate campaign.
Main Voters will put pressure on Paul LePage like never before, and we won’t stop until he’s gone.
Who Are We Supporting Against LePage?
LePage’s plans aren’t totally clear, but there is no doubt that he is seriously considering a senate run. Currently, we are fortunate to have two thoughtful, respected U.S. Senators who understand the challenges we face and who fight for everyday Mainers. Republican Susan Collins caucuses with her party and Independent Angus King caucuses with the Democrats, though both have earned reputations as truly nonpartisan pragmatists who always put the needs of Mainers above party politics.
Senator King, who is up for reelection in 2018, has continued to caucus with Democrats in the Senate because he believes Maine benefits from having a voice among Senate Democrats. He has also stated that the Democrats respect his independence and know that he is always going to put Mainers first. Since joining the Senate in 2013 King has done just that, and it would be a devastating blow to our state should that independent voice be replaced by a radical ideologue like LePage who commands no respect from either party.
Politics in Maine and across America is more acrimonious, divisive and polarized than any other time in our lives. Angus King has been working to bring us together, serving as a true independent leader – losing that kind of leader to the likes of Paul LePage is a risk we just cannot afford to take.