In an email from LePage to Skowhegan Savings Bank CEO and President John Witherspoon that circulated Wednesday morning on social media, the Republican governor wrote that the bank has “fallen pray [sic] to the leftist hate ideology that refuses to recognize free speech.”
“Your decision to discharge Nick Isgro is a mistake you will likely come to regret,” wrote LePage, who served as Waterville mayor prior to running for governor in 2010.
Hogg has become a national activist for gun control and school safety measures. In response to another tweet regarding comments Fox News host Laura Ingraham made about Hogg, Isgro tweeted “Eat it, Hogg.”
Among the fallout is the recent launch of a recall petition by local residents, including former mayor Karen Heck, a Democrat.
LePage told the Waterville Morning Sentinel that he views his email as a defense of the First Amendment right to free speech.
LePage’s communications staff confirmed Wednesday that LePage sent the email.
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