AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says an attempt to launch an impeachment investigation amounted to "nonsense'' and "foolishness.''
The Republican issued the statement after critics failed to muster enough support to require a vote on an independent investigation that could have led to impeachment over his alleged abuse of power.
LePage was in his office Thursday afternoon after the vote. His spokeswoman said it was "business as usual.''
The governor was accused of using influence to pressure a charter school operator into rescinding a job offer to Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves.
Eves called it an "extremely sad day in our state's history.''
LePage said the effort was a "political witch hunt that had absolutely no merit.''