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LePage: ‘I do not have a lawsuit against President Obama’

By Scott Thistle, Sun Journal
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Gov. Paul LePage talks about his budget during a Town Hall meeting at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast in this April 28, 2015, file photo.

AUGUSTA, Maine — In the latest in a series of handwritten messages, Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage denies he’s among a group of plaintiffs suing President Barack Obama.

“I believe you mistake me for someone else,” LePage wrote in his note to Murshed Zaheed, an activist with the group CREDO Action. “I do not have a lawsuit against President Obama. I did file a lawsuit against illegal immigrants taking state money against state and federal laws.”

The latest note from LePage surfaced after Murshed posted it with a copy of Murshed’s handwritten note back to LePage pointing out that the suit in question doesn’t name illegal immigrants as a defendant, either.

“Though I realize you’ve been very busy with a lawsuit by House Speaker Mark Eves, legislative investigations, and possible impeachment, I was still surprised to learn that you are unaware of the lawsuit you filed on Dec. 9, 2014,” Murshed wrote.

LePage is correct, in that the suit in which he is a plaintiff with the governors of Mississippi, North Carolina and Idaho does not name Obama as a defendant but does name other officials within the Obama administration, as well as the U.S. government.

Another 19 states and Michigan’s attorney general also are named as plaintiffs in the complaint that takes Obama to task for an executive order that grants amnesty to some 9 million immigrants who are living in the U.S. with a U.S. citizen spouse or parent.

The narrative of the complaint repeatedly speaks of the president’s actions but never names Obama individually, though it clearly indicates the suit is about his executive order granting the amnesty and the subsequent actions by various members of the administration that allowed the order to stand.

The handwritten note from LePage follows one released earlier in July in which the governor wrote to a Cape Elizabeth resident who asked him to resign. In that message, LePage penned the postscript, “Not going to happen” after he wrote, “You live in the south who exploit those who are not so fortunate, or understand the level of corruption that southern Mainers ignore and welcome!”

In a news release Tuesday, Murshed stated he was urging CREDO’s members in Maine to write LePage handwritten notes.

“Since it has now come to our attention that Gov. LePage enjoys corresponding through handwritten letters delivered by snail mail, CREDO is sending an email today to its 18,000 progressive activists in Maine urging them to write handwritten notes explaining to Gov. LePage why his anti-immigrant lawsuit runs counter to Maine values,” the release stated.

An emailed message to LePage’s communications staff Tuesday was not immediately returned.


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