Maine GOP Chair: LePage is moving back from Florida

In a speech to the Androscoggin County Republican Committee’s annual Lincoln Day dinner on Friday, Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas revealed that former governor Paul LePage, who moved to Florida following the end of his term in office, will be returning to live in the Pine Tree State and lead a group to “counteract the Maine People’s Alliance.”

“We need to also work with people that have been in politics and have done really well, like Governor Paul LePage,” said Kouzounas, as she described her plans for getting the Party back on track following its electoral losses last November.

“You might have thought he was going to be a Floridian but he’s coming back to Maine, he’s going to start looking for a house here in the next couple months. So he’s coming back, he couldn’t stay away,” she said, according to a recording of her remarks provided by an attendee of the dinner.

Even while living in Florida, LePage has attempted to maintain a presence in Maine politics. He gives weekly radio interviews on two local conservative stations and has made a number of public criticisms of Democratic Governor Janet Mills, whom he has said he may run against in 2022. Last week it was announced that he would serve as honorary chair of the political organization he founded following his election in 2010.

“As you know he just put out his new 501c4 called Maine People Before Politics and finally we have, possibly, a way to counteract the Maine People’s Alliance, who have been detrimental to basically all of us,” said Kouzounas.

Kouzounas had previously said in letter to Republican State Committee members that she was working with LePage to found such a group. MPBP will be the latest in a long line of conservative organizations that have attempted to mimic MPA.

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About Mike Tipping

Avatar photoMike is senior strategist for the Maine People's Alliance. He has written about politics as a columnist and blogger for Down East Magazine, the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News. His book As Maine Went explores recent Maine political history.

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