Maine lawmaker questions LePage’s ‘mental competency’ in new bid to oust Tea Party governor
Things are going very poorly for Maine’s Tea Party Gov. Paul LePage these days, and one lawmaker has a new idea to completely oust him from office.
Politico reports that Independent state Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos is invoking Article 5, Section 15 of Maine’s state constitution, which would let Maine’s Secretary of State and State Supreme Court oust LePage from power if they found he lacked the “mental competency” for the job.
In a letter drafted to the Secretary of State, Evangelos said that LePage’s recent voicemail rant against a Maine lawmaker could be evidence that he is battling a substance abuse problem. Specifically, the letter notes that LePage’s tirade — in which he called a Maine legislator a “c*cksucker” and a “son of a b*tch” — “can only be described as a drunken rage.”
Evangelos is trying to get more lawmakers to sign onto his letter, although at this point there’s no indication that the Secretary of State would actually agree to take his proposal to the State Supreme Court even if it attracted significant support.
LePage last week seemed to launch a preemptive strike against questions about his temperament by denying that he was mentally unstable.
“I’m not an alcoholic and I’m not a drug addict and I don’t have mental health issues,” the governor said during a press conference. “What I have is a backbone.”