Gov. Paul LePage speaks to reporters shortly after the Maine House and Senate both voted to override his veto of the state budget, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the State House in Augusta, Maine.
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GOP governor to voters: ‘Just ask me to leave’

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), among his many other legislative problems, is facing the possibility of impeachment as part of an abuse-of-power scandal. In an unexpected twist, the Tea Party governor has said impeachment may be unnecessary – because he’s willing to resign from office.
 
The Rachel Maddow Show, 8/20/15, 11:54 PM ET

Maine governor offers to resign if enough people ask. Asking commences.

Rachel Maddow reports on Maine governor Paul LePage, already facing potential impeachment proceedings, inviting a letter writing campaign calling for his resignation because he says he’ll leave if enough people ask him to do so.
If you missed last night’s show, the Bangor Daily News reported this week on a LePage interview from July 30, in which he suggested he’ll step down if Mainers personally ask him to.
When LePage was asked if he’s worried about an impeachment proceeding, he responded:
 
“If the people of Maine want me, I’ll do the job. If they don’t want me, just ask me to leave. You don’t have to impeach me…. So far, I’ve only got four people write me that wanted me to resign.”
We know of a retired librarian in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, who wrote to his governor, asking LePage to step down. The note was not well received – LePage wrote back personally, saying, “Not going to happen.”
 
But might it happen? In that radio interview, the governor made it sounds as if resignation is on the table – if enough Mainers write to the governor’s office, asking him to step down, he’d actually consider it.
 
Hmm.
 
As Rachel added, “For the record, the governor has never really explained whether he was serious about his offer to resign if he got enough letters asking him to. He also hasn’t said how many people, exactly, would have to ask him resign in order for him to actually do it. He also hasn’t said how many Mainers so far have taken him up on his offer now that he said that’s what it will take.
 
“We did ask his office about those things today. When we hear back, we will let you know but I suggest you don’t wait up.”
 

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GOP governor to voters: 'Just ask me to leave'

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