"We're not going to adjourn without a 2015 budget," said Senate Democratic Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash. "We're going to do the hard work we were sent here for, and we would ask that the governor finally join us in helping make this happen."
Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, said LePage was playing politics with the bonds and the Maine economy because he didn’t get his way.
“Here we are one more time having to talk about this because of a governor who ... has decided that he’s lost and he’s going to do whatever he can – he’s like a petulant child – to make something happen and cause discontent in this state. I totally disagree with his approach.”
"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.
Both GOP Sen. Roger Katz and Cain condemned statements made by those outside the committee calling for retribution against LePage. Yesterday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson said the governor should be impeached for violating the public trust. The committee meets next on March 28.
State Sen. Troy Jackson, sitting in the audience, wondered if new customers need even more assurance about the quality of Maine lobster. "Have you thought about having certified Maine lobster licensing or stamp?" he asked.
Restaurants, Jackson says, would rush to agree to carry only "Maine certified" lobster. "And then if you did have an instance where something poor got into the country, you could say, 'Well, it's not Maine lobster. It's some of this trash that's coming from another country," he said.
“I think he should be impeached,” said Jackson of LePage. “The governor thinks he should be the next [Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker, but he should be thinking about being the next [impeached and jailed Illinois Gov.] Rod Blagojevich.”
The final measure was an amended version of a bill, LD 1663, originally proposed by Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, that simply would have ended the contract with the worst-performing broker, the Connecticut-based Coordinated Transportation Solutions.
The memo was signed by prominent elected officials in the state including Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Allagash), House Majority Leader Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham), Minority Whip Alex Willette (R-Mapleton), House Chair of Criminal Justice and Public Safety and former County Sheriff Rep. Mark Dion (D-Portland), and House Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Richard Farnsworth (D-Portland).
“The administration is doing things that even the Attorney General’s Office can’t defend,” Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson ,D- Allagash, said. Jackson believes the tumult at the CDC is indicative of failed leadership by Gov. Paul LePage.
“He’s either guilty by having his administration do it, or he’s negligent in the fact that he doesn’t know anything about it,” Jackson said.
The group intends to present more than 7,000 petitions and hundreds of postcards and personal messages to leaders of the legislature, "asking them to put Maine people first, accept the federal funding and expand coverage. Petitions were collected by MPA, Credo Mobile and MoveOn," the advisory explained.
House Speaker Mark Eves and Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson are slated to accept the petitions.