LePage Office Issues Hasty Statement on Mural Removal

Posted on September 28, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

They are clearly scrambling in the Governor’s office today to come up with a plausible explanation for LePage’s comments to host Brian Williams during NBC “Education Nation” gubernatorial forum.

LePage’s words contradicted his earlier statements  regarding the mural’s removal, as well as testimony presented on his behalf.

Here is the text:


Statement on Mural

September 28, 2011
Governor’s Office

“The Administration originally removed the mural because of its messaging. The mural portrays only one party that the Department of Labor serves – workers not job creators. In order to change the culture the decision was made to find a more appropriate location for the mural. It was then discovered how the mural was funded and that these funds could have been put into the Unemployment Trust Fund for Mainers to benefit from. When the Governor learned of this it further supported the decision

“The Administration originally removed the mural because of its messaging. The mural portrays only one party that the Department of Labor serves – workers not job creators. In order to change the culture the decision was made to find a more appropriate location for the mural. It was then discovered how the mural was funded and that these funds could have been put into the Unemployment Trust Fund for Mainers to benefit from. When the Governor learned of this it further supported the decision.

The Governor took part in this panel discussion to speak about education; however, it is clear that NBC had an entirely different agenda for Governor LePage. With limited time to answer the question the Governor chose to speak about the most disturbing aspect – that this money could have been put into the Unemployment Trust Fund rather than used on a mural. This information was underreported by media this spring.”

Adrienne Bennett
Press Secretary

(This is exactly as grabbed from the Maine.gov link- typos, double paragraphs and all.)

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