Gov. LePage on call for impeachment: 'Bring it on'
AUGUSTA (WGME) -- On Thursday State Senator Troy Jackson called for Governor Paul Lepage to leave office. It's in response to the federal report that says the governor overstepped his boundaries with unemployment hearing officers.
On Saturday Governor LePage said, "I don't even know what the charge is, is there a reason he wants to impeach me?"
It comes after a federal investigation finding that Governor LePage intervened with unemployment claim hearings when he called a mandatory meeting last year, with hearing officers who decide unemployment claims cases. Those officers claiming they felt pressured by the governor to rule more in favor of businesses.
"The Governor is supposed to be the leader of our state. This Governor claims to be a turnaround specialist. But I ask you: What CEO would still have their job amidst a document shredding scandal? What CEO would still have their job if they refused to put together a budget? What CEO would still have their job after bullying and intimidating their workers? These are the questions that needed to be asked. And the voters of Maine will have the opportunity to answer whether or not they think Gov. LePage should keep his job," said Senator Jackson.
"If he has cause. If I committed a crime and he feels that I should be impeached then there is a process," said Governor LePage. "I was told by staff that he's looking to impeach me and if he has a cause, then bring it on."
It's not the first time the two have been in the spotlight.
LePage made a popular Vaseline comment about the Senator in June saying, "Senator Jackson claims to be for the people, but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline."
Come November voters will decide whether or not to reelect Governor LePage. Senator Jackson will be running as well, for the 2nd Congressional District currently held by Mike Michaud.