To: Senate President Mike Thibodeau and House Minority Leader Kenneth Fredette

Start impeachment proceedings against Gov. Paul LePage

Start impeachment proceedings against Gov. Paul LePage

Tell Maine Republican Legislative Leadership: Reconvene the Maine Legislature and begin impeachment proceedings immediately. Governor Paul LePage’s ugly, racist, and violent rhetoric is unacceptable and proves he is unfit to remain in office.

Why is this important?

Ugly and racist rhetoric is nothing new from Maine’s Governor Paul LePage. Almost from the start of his first term, he has spewed vindictive language aimed at people of color, immigrants, and elected officials who disagree with him. But his recent calls for violence against people of color and a Democratic state representative represent a new low, even for LePage.

Two weeks ago, Gov. LePage claimed that “Black people come up the highway and they kill Mainers,” and then, a few days later, doubled down on those racist comments, saying, “You shoot at the enemy. You try to identify the enemy. And the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in are people of color or people of Hispanic origin.” When he believed that Democratic State Rep. Drew Gattine had called him a racist for those comments, Gov. LePage left Gattine an obscene voicemail full of anti-gay insults. Then he publicly threatened to shoot Gattine in between the eyes.

Governor Paul LePage’s racist and violent rhetoric doesn’t reflect the views of Mainers. His hateful characterizations of people of color and immigrants have damaged Maine’s reputation and show he’s not fit to lead the state. My letter stating that the governor should resign was printed in last Sunday's Maine Sunday Telegram.

While the governor says he has "moved on" from the outrage expressed by Maine people over his recent verbal attacks, he hasn't really gone anywhere. He continues to be an explosive liability damaging the state we love.

In fact, Governor LePage's most recent comments have spurred calls for a boycott of tourism to Maine, which could have a negative impact on Maine's economy and the nearly 100,000 people who work in the tourism industry.

In the face of intense backlash, LePage hinted that he might resign, but now he's backed away from it. If LePage won’t resign, it's time for the Maine Legislature to step in and start impeachment proceedings.

The Legislature does not come back into session until January, but it’s clear that LePage needs to go now. The Legislature can convene a special session to begin impeachment proceedings against Gov. LePage right away, but only if the majority of both parties, including Republicans in the House and the Senate, agree to it. While Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Thibodeau, has acknowledged the need for “corrective action,” nothing has come of it. Republican House Minority Leader, Kenneth Fredette is standing behind LePage. Both of these leaders have refused to help mobilize a special session.

Maine Republicans have a long history of refusing to rein in Gov. LePage and allowing him to avoid any repercussions for his hateful outbursts— from the attack on the Maine NAACP early in his time as governor, to attacks on immigrants and people of color, and repeated threats of violence. Now more than ever, Republicans in Maine have a choice— they can continue to enable Gov. LePage’s racism and violence or they can stand up for the values, the people and the reputation of Maine. They must act by supporting a special session to consider and approve impeachment of Gov. LePage.

If we stand-up and demand that Maine Legislative leaders proceed with impeachment, we can finally hold LePage accountable for his actions.

Please sign my petition and demand Maine’s legislative leaders show their commitment to their state, not their party, by proceeding with impeachment against Paul LePage. And if your district sends a Republican to the Maine State House, please contact him or her and urge them to support a special session.

References:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/maine-hopes-save-vacationland-image-amid-boycott-call-192455870.html
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/02/people-of-color-sense-danger-in-lepages-words/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/26/politics/paul-lepage-explicit-voicemail-duel-lawmaker/
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/01/legislative-leaders-will-meet-to-review-action-on-lepage/
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20160902/gov-lepages-actions-spur-call-to-boycott-maine
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/04/letter-to-the-editor-voice-mail-shows-lepage-is-not-fit-for-office/
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/06/maine-lawmakers-getting-polled-on-special-session-to-discuss-gov-lepage/

Maine, United States

Updates

2016-09-07 13:10:24 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2016-09-07 11:07:36 -0700

500 signatures reached

2016-09-07 10:10:56 -0700

100 signatures reached

2016-09-07 10:06:58 -0700

50 signatures reached

2016-09-07 10:04:43 -0700

25 signatures reached

2016-09-07 06:18:09 -0700

10 signatures reached