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In campaign mode, LePage throws new barbs at Mills, state workers union

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is picking new fights with old sparring partners — Attorney General Janet Mills, the Democratic nominee to replace him in 2018, and the chief state employees union — as we approach the 90-day mark before Election Day.

LePage said at a private event that he’s going to ask Mills to resign from office as she runs for governor. Key cogs in the governor’s political team have been behind Republican nominee Shawn Moody since he kicked off his winning primary run to replace LePage. Mills has been the attorney general for all but two years of the governor’s tenure and they have often feuded.

This weekend, LePage appeared at an event for a Republican legislative candidate and gave a speech that was taped and put on Facebook by a party activist and caught by Democratic operative and Bangor Daily News columnist David Farmer before it was taken down.

On that video, LePage said that he’ll call for Mills to either resign from her office or take a leave of absence during the campaign because she is “no longer acting as an attorney general” and is “running her office like a campaign headquarters.”

To read the rest of “In campaign mode, LePage throws new barbs at Mills, state workers union,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer , please follow this link to the BDN online.

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