AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has avoided immediate legislative punishment for an obscenity-laden voicemail and threats he directed toward a Democratic lawmaker.
Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves said Tuesday he’s disappointed with the lack of support for a special session addressing LePage’s conduct.
Democrats said 84 representatives voted “yes” while 67 didn’t respond or voted no. Two Republicans responded “yes” and two said “no.” A special session requires majority approval from both parties.
The Senate GOP leader says he won’t poll senators, saying he’d support reconvening if impeachment was ruled out.
The governor told WVOM-FM Tuesday he wants to “move on” after saying he wished he could challenge a lawmaker to a duel and point a gun at his forehead.
LePage apologized and blamed the media for fueling the controversy. Democrats want LePage to resign, which the governor has ruled out.