Report: LePage sought change in law to keep Darryl Brown in office

Posted May 01, 2011, at 9:38 a.m.
Last modified May 02, 2011, at 8:02 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A published report says the LePage administration looked into the possibility of changing Maine’s conflict of interest law when it saw that it might make Darryl Brown ineligible to serve as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection earlier this year.

Maine Today Media newspapers report Sunday that top aides for Gov. Paul LePage approached the Republican legislative leadership and discussed the possibility of changing the law, which sets guidelines to avoid conflicts of interest. It was that law which led to Darryl Brown’s resignation last week from the environmental commissioner’s post.

The newspapers say that when approached by LePage officials, House Speaker Robert Nutting of Oakland and Senate President Kevin Raye of Perry expressed no interest in changing the law.