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LePage’s vacations show he’s out of touch with regular people, Maine Democrats say

Posted March 20, 2012, at 4:47 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2012, at 9 p.m.

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Paul LePage
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Paul LePage

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Democrats are sharply criticizing Gov. Paul LePage for taking a weeklong trip to Jamaica while the legislative session is in its final weeks.

Democrats say the governor leaves Wednesday for his vacation — his second trip to Jamaica during a legislative session. This time, he leaves with just a few weeks left in the session and budgets, major Health and Human Services Department changes, public education, tax and energy issues are still unsettled.

Democrats said in a statement that LePage’s vacations show he’s out of touch with the needs of regular Maine people. Party chairman Ben Grant said the governor’s leaving town as the heat gets turned up.

LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said the vacation is an annual trip for the governor’s family and that he’ll be in regular contact and available as needed.

Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn April 18.

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