Sabotaging House Speaker Mark Eves' private career revealed more of the mean-spirited, small-minded revenge politics for which Gov. LePage has become famous. But this time, he may have gone too far. The Maine House should immediately begin an investigation of the governor, and if no new facts emerge that put his conduct in a positive light, he should be impeached and tried in the state Senate. That may sound like an extreme reaction, but the governor's conduct takes Maine into new territory.
On June 9, Republican Maine Governor LePage complained that a charter school that selected Democratic Maine House Speaker Mark Eves to be its future President should not hire him based on the Governor's political personal opposition. The school decided otherwise based on Mr. Eves qualifications and planned to employ Mr. Eves. [On Wednesday, June 24], Governor LePage, after a long month of dozens of veto overrides and legislative action designed to put in place a budget that would be veto-proof, struck back personally at Speaker Eves' future livelihood. The Governor actually threatened to withhold $530,000 per year from the school in state funds because of the Speaker's eventual leadership of the institution. This thuggish action unfortunately resulted in the school breaking down and rescinding its offer of employment to Mr. Eves.