Trump May Urge Maine Gov. LePage to Run for Senate

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

Angus King in 2018 while offering his endorsement.

Trump has told advisers he plans to call LePage, the bombastic Republican governor who endorsed him in February 2016, and ask him to jump in against King - and tell LePage he would endorse him.

Gov. Paul LePage is being pressed to consider a run for U.S. Senate by none other than President Trump himself. The Post story cited two anonymous sources with knowledge of the discussions in the White House.

Republican state Sen. Eric Brakey, who has said he will run against King, tells today's Portland Press Herald he's "not distracted by Washington gossip".

LePage has stirred controversies in the past, including when he left threatening comments on a lawmaker's voicemail, said he often makes up stories to mislead the press and said 90 percent of drugs dealers in ME were black and Hispanic when a FOIA request showed the opposite. But the Post is reporting Trump aides have sent word the president wants LePage to enter the race.

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