Democrats accuse LePage of nepotism after hiring daughter

Posted Dec. 23, 2010, at 4:40 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 24, 2010, at 11:40 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Some Maine Democrats are reacting harshly to news that the 22-year-old daughter of Gov.-elect Paul LePage is getting a job in her Republican father’s administration.

Lauren LePage will work as an assistant to LePage’s chief of staff, John McGough, and will be paid about $41,000 a year.

Executive Director Mary Erin Casale of the Maine Democratic Party calls the hiring a “brazen display of political nepotism” and wants to know who else was considered for this position and how it was advertised.

LePage officials say Lauren LePage’s position is entry-level and commensurate with her experience, work history and education. Spokesman Dan Demeritt says she worked on policy issues during the campaign and is managing policy and constituent concerns during the transition.

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