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Republican Leaders Disagree on Special Session on LePage

There is disagreement among legislative Republicans on how lawmakers should react to the latest controversy surrounding Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

At a closed caucus Tuesday night in Augusta, House Republicans resolved to vote against the Legislature returning in special session to consider sanctions against the governor following the obscenity-laced voicemail he left for Democratic state Rep. Drew Gattine last week.

“The media has brought up a lot of conversations about whether or not this Legislature should come back into a special session to deal with the issue of Paul LePage. And all I am simply saying is we are not going to be doing that,” says House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport.

But, in a statement released Wednesday morning, Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau, a Republican from Winterport, says he completely disagrees with Fredette’s position.

Thibodeau says the Republican Senate caucus has clearly stated that an acceptable plan is needed for corrective action before a determination is made on whether the Legislature should convene.

The governor met with Gattine Wednesday morning and apologized. Meeting with reporters afterward, the governor said that he does not plan to resign.