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Paul LePage Gets a Primary Challenger Who Wants Candidates to “Tell the Truth”

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Paul LePage’s lies have earned him a challenger in the GOP primary for Maine governor. Michael Stuart Heath has jumped in the race “because it’s time to turn the page on Paul.”

“We don’t need 4 more years of Paul LePage,” said Heath, adding that Mainers deserve a leader “who is gonna tell the truth, who is gonna be honest.”

LePage has a long record of failures and dishonesty, from blocking access to affordable health care to his anti-science stance on COVID and lying about Gov. Janet Mills’ record.

But even LePage knows his lies won’t be enough to beat Gov. Mills’ strong record in office. Maybe that’s why he’s encouraging a bid from independent Tom Saviello to try and set the three-way race that created his only known path to victory. After once dubbing him “the most repugnant human being I’ve ever seen,” LePage now calls Saviello “a good guy” and encourages him to “bring it on.”

“It isn’t clear whether the often-combative LePage can muster enough support to win a race that doesn’t include a major independent challenger,” the Press Herald reported.

Even fellow Republicans are fed up with Paul LePage’s lying,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “This race will be a referendum on honesty and delivering for Mainers, both of which LePage has failed on time and time again. Gov. Janet Mills has led Maine’s strong pandemic response and economic recovery, proving that she’ll put Maine families above politics.”