LePage says he’ll resign, if enough people ask him to

As Paul Schlein from Arrowsic pointed out in a letter to the editor on Aug. 11, Gov. LePage implied in a July 30 interview with WGAN radio that if enough Mainers personally ask him to resign from office, then he will.

Photo- Jonathan Ernst, Reuters.

Photo- Jonathan Ernst, Reuters.

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.”

In his letter to the editor, Schlein wrote, “because he opened the door for the people of Maine to ask him to leave office, I would take him up on his offer and asked him to accept my letter as the fifth request for his resignation.”

As LePage has already shown, if one of his constituents does in fact ask him to resign, he’s sooner to respond aggressively and offensively rather than humbly and thoughtfully:


First reported on the Maine Beacon website in July, a retired librarian from Cape Elizabeth named Louise Sullivan received the above handwritten response from LePage after she sent him a letter asking him to step down.

Photo- Troy R. Bennett, BDN

Photo- Troy R. Bennett, BDN

The reality is that even if the entire state wanted him to resign, we still wouldn’t all send the governor a letter asking him to do so, and regardless of that it’s hard to believe he would give up his post with anything short of a court order telling him to.

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Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a sixth generation Portlander who loves all things Maine. He has worked with mentally ill and marginalized adults at a Portland non-profit, on a lobster boat in Casco Bay, at several high-end Portland restaurants, and at a local meat packing plant. He also ran for Portland City Council in 2013, wrote a weekly column in the now defunct Portland Daily Sun, and currently writes a weekly column in The Portland Phoenix.