The old switcheroo

By AL DIAMON  |  June 6, 2014

Who replaces her at DEP? The answer is obvious. LePage should appoint his sworn enemy, Democratic state senator Troy Jackson, to the post. If Jackson loses the primary for the 2nd Congressional District seat next week, he’ll be looking for a job. And while he and the governor disagree vehemently on labor issues, the two both think bulldozing natural resources in the name of jobs makes sense. Not only does putting Jackson in the governor’s cabinet silence a severe (if inarticulate) critic, but it also makes it tougher for Democrats to attack LePage’s plans, since one of their own will be advocating for them.

On the off chance Jackson wins his primary, his opponent, Democratic state senator Emily Cain, might make an adequate replacement. After all, Cain has always claimed she can work with anyone, even LePage. It would be fun to find out if that’s true.

Of course, the main source of controversy in the LePage administration is the governor himself. His propensity for making up facts (Maine does not, as he once claimed, have more deaths from heroin overdoses than highway accidents), his tendency to inaccurately recall events (Democrats did not, as he asserted, oppose his bill to ban the use of EBT cards in liquor stores and strip joints), and his inability to engage with legislators to win passage of his initiatives (stepped-up drug enforcement, increased payments to nursing homes) all label him as the least effective advocate for his agenda.

He definitely should switch places.

If only we could find somebody competent who wants his job.

No, not those two twits. I said competent. If you’ve got suggestions, email me ataldiamon@herniahill.net.

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