Governor LePage Challenges Democrats To Call Off Tracker, Truly Work Together For Mainers

December 4, 2012

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Dec. 4 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Communications Director (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage released the following statement today, challenging Democrats to start working together for Maine people by calling off their hired political operative who has been intrusively tracking the Governor on a hand-held videocamera at all public events, including domestic violence awareness rallies, Blaine House food drives and visits to veterans homes:

“For several months now, the Maine Democratic Party has hired a political cameraman to follow me wherever I go. I have not made an issue about this practice nor did it bother me until Veterans Day. On that day, I had the privilege to speak with an elderly Maine Veteran whose health is deteriorating. There was no need to have filmed this private discussion for political purposes.

The people of Maine are not props and I will not allow these special interest groups to use them to score political points.

Today, I was scheduled to return to Augusta from an event the so-called 'tracker' attended and meet with Democrat leadership about putting politics aside and working together for all Mainers. However, until the Democratic leadership calls on its party organization to remove the 'tracker,' I will not have that meeting.

If Democrats truly want to work together, they will publicly call for an end to this distasteful practice. Actions speak louder than words."