I have purposely avoided weighing in on politics for some time now. However, I can’t help but share some thoughts on the state of my state, and more specifically my governor’s re-election chances. As I survey the current political landscape in Augusta, Proverbs 16:18 comes to mind: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Maine voters took a chance on Paul R. LePage, the relatively unknown Waterville mayor, in 2010. While he was known as a brash, no-nonsense guy, he ran as a consensus builder who could “break up the gridlock in Augusta and get things done” like he did at the city level and as head of Mardens. He sold me from day one, or to parody the movie Jerry McGuire, “he had me at bull semen” (you had to be there to know what I mean).
However, this year’s budget battle, combined with the melee surrounding the debate, could likely come at great political cost to the governor.