Augusta — A judge has ordered Paul LePage to remain 500 feet from any political activity as part of a restraining order filed against the former governor today.
A spokesperson for the state of Maine said it filed the order “because we shouldn’t have to live in fear of Paul LePage returning to politics.”
LePage has been threatening to run again for governor since he was term-limited out of the position last year.
“This is typical behavior,” said an expert political scientist and victims’ advocate. “Generally the person makes some threats and then fails to follow through on them, like moving to Florida and swearing off politics. It’s this lack of certainty that leads to massive anxiety on the part of victims.”
During LePage’s governorship, he ran a surplus of funds in a state with one of the highest tax burdens in America, failed to meaningfully address the opiate crisis in the state, and frequently got into disputes with lawmakers and reporters.
“Money is almost always the root-cause of these issues, or can act as a powder keg,” the advocate said.
Among the most threatened by another Paul LePage governorship are Maine’s newspapers, who’ve grown accustomed to covering the governor’s office with an uncritical eye since LePage left.