LePage moves into the Blaine House with wife, daughter and mother-in-law

Posted Jan. 04, 2011, at 1:10 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 04, 2011, at 5:13 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Republican Gov.-elect Paul LePage won’t be sworn into office until Wednesday, but he’s already living in the governor’s mansion.

An adviser says LePage and his family took up residence Sunday. Gov. John Baldacci already had moved out, and it’s not uncommon for candidates to move in before the inauguration.

The LePages sold the family home in Waterville and made the move 20 miles south to Augusta. His family says living in the Blaine House will be a good thing because LePage is a self-described workaholic. After burning the midnight oil, his commute will be a short walk across the street.

Joining Paul and Ann LePage in the seven-bedroom mansion will be their daughter and Ann LePage’s mother, as well as their Jack Russell mixed-breed dog, Baxter.

The governor-elect came under fire when he hired his daughter for an administration job.