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.