|LePage Hauls in Welcome Mat for Maryland Gov|
|06/04/2012 11:51 AM ET Reported By: A.J. Higgins|
|Some governors have been known to roll out the red carpet when a chief executive from a neighboring state comes to Maine. But Gov. Paul LePage decided to haul in the welcome mat Saturday when he heard Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was on his way to Augusta to address the Democratic State Convention. The LePage administration put out a press release calling the Maryland governor a failure as Democrats were preparing to hear their keynote speaker. A.J. Higgins reports.|
|Republican Gov. Paul LePage doesn’t think much of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s tax policies.
As the Democratic governor was en route to speak with Maine Democrats at their state convention, LePage authorized a press release written by his staffers that cited O’Malley’s critics. They said the O’Malley administration had resorted to solving its financial problems by making them the problems of Maryland’s working families.
LePage’s press release then dismissed O’Malley’s record as “a record of failure.” O’Malley said LePage’s attention was focused on policies that benefit the rich.
“Some of these tea party, new age Republican governors like LePage worship the false idol of tax cuts,” O’Malley said. “The fact of the matter is that our nation’s deficit problem, 55 percent of it is driven by tax cuts that primarily benefitted the wealthiest of Americans.”
O’Malley is chair of the Democratic Governors Association and he said his group is committed to electing a Democratic governor for Maine in 2014.
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