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House GOP Wins Two Open Seats, LePage Indifferent

AUGUSTA, Maine — Republicans won open seats in Standish and Sanford — both previously held by Democrats — and that was a cause for celebration among Republicans at party headquarters and in the Legislature.

But Republican Gov. Paul LePage is indifferent to the election victories.

"I am not here because of politics," he says. "There are three equal but separate branches of government. I am going to do everything I possibly can to do a good job with the executive branch as it's been given to me in the constitution. Legislature, I fear them as much as I fear newspapers."

LePage says he doesn't know why anyone would think the election of the two new house members is good news for him. But in a statement GOP party chairman Rick Bennett say the election of Matt Harrington in Sanford and Lester Ordway in Standish shows Mainers are embracing "common-sense conservative ideals."