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Maine Governor Broke Law By Removing and Hiding Labor Mural

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Teabagger-piglet Paul LePage, who somehow became governor of Maine this year despite winning just 38% of the vote, has been aggressively trying to destroy the public worker unions as per his instructions from the Tea Party (Koch Industries). Just to make sure everyone knew he was going to be anincredible jackass in this attack on the people of Maine, LePage decided the labor history mural in the state's Department of Labor building was, well, labor oriented. And everybody (Koch Industries) knows that's a very bad thing, for American workers to be fairly compensated for their labor. So portly wingnut Paul LePage had this 36-foot-long mural ripped out, and then he hid it in an "undisclosed location," and now it turns out he illegally violated the terms of the contract with the mural's artist.


According to the Bangor Daily News, artist Judy Taylor has a valid contract with the state for her work on the $60,000 mural -- which was paid for with federal funds -- and that the contract clearly says the mural cannot be moved without her notification and consent. Not only has it been removed, but LePage and his chickenshit tea party excuse for a governor's office won't tell anyone where they hid it! What are they, five years old?

If Paul LePage ever comes back from Florida, where he apparently actually lives, he is going to be sued by a Maine attorney representing the artist and the Maine Arts Commission. And, then, hopefully, he will quickly be driven from office and then mercilessly beaten and sealed for eternity in an extra-large septic tank. Meanwhile, Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquarella has expressed her "grave concerns" about the bullshit story LePage's spokesturd told the press about some anonymous fax complaining about the mural, and that's why LePage immediately spent state money to destroy a state artwork in the state's Department of Labor building. In her letter distributed to the press, Pasquarella writes:

I was particularly surprised to read that you were influenced by an anonymous fax comparing the 11-panel mural to North Korean political propaganda, because the act of removing images commemorating Maine’s history itself conjures thoughts of rewriting history prevalent in totalitarian regimes.

Ha ha, burn. Or not, as that paragraph has too many big words for a dumbphuck like LePage to understand. (He only really understands the word "Koch.") [Bangor Daily News]

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