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Former LePage aide Demeritt outlines plans after resignation

Posted April 20, 2011, at 7:40 a.m.
Last modified April 20, 2011, at 1:27 p.m.

Gov. Paul LePage’s former spokesman on Wednesday released a statement via Twitter about his recent financial problems and subsequent resignation from his position in the administration.

In the statement, former Communications Director Dan Demeritt, said that after news accounts of foreclosures on his properties, he met with the governor and offered to resign.

“He accepted my decision to focus on business matters outside of the spotlight and offered his strong support as I left his staff to tackle challenges that have been a long time coming,” reads part of the statement, which was posted on his business website, Pizza Connection. “He told me it is how you pick yourself up that matters. And I agree.”

In the statement, Demeritt also vowed to keep his Augusta business open in light of his financial difficulties.

Demeritt had served as a public face of the LePage administration during its turbulent first three months in office, although lately Demeritt has played a more behind-the-scenes role. His wife, Martha, also works in state government.

Demeritt’s past political jobs have included working as communications director for the Maine House Republicans and various roles with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

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