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Group: LePage Confused About Immigration Lawsuit

AUGUSTA, Maine - A national progressive activist group is responding to a hand-written note from Gov. Paul LePage.

Credo Action has publicly criticized LePage for joining several other states in a lawsuit seeking to block the enforcement of the president's executive orders on immigration.

The group's deputy political director, Murshed Zaheed, says Credo delivered petitions with the names of 1,200 Maine members to LePage , who sent back a personal note saying that he actually sued illegal immigrants, and not the Obama administration.

"Gov. LePage was one of the four governors listed as plaintiffs in that lawsuit," Zaheed says. "We delivered the petitions and sometimes we got canned responses, but what we didn't expect was a handwritten note."

Zaheed says the group is now urging its 18,000 Maine members to send handwritten notes to LePage asking him to withdraw from the litigation.

A LePage spokeswoman confirms that the note was from LePage, but declined to comment further on its content.

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.