Paul LePage

Should Ron Paul Supporters Support Paul LePage In 2014?

by Chris Dixon, Undercover Porcupine  |  published on November 22, 2012

The last year has been a tumultuous time for the Maine Republican Party. The State Party chairman Charlie Webster has been the controversial gift that keeps on giving for the media, always lodging his foot in his mouth. When the February caucus disaster left the party in chaos and conflict, he took to the radio waves to denounce the critics as “wing nuts”. These same individuals he would spend the better part of the year denouncing as false Republicans, stating that libertarians did not belong in the party.

Of course, it was Ronald Reagan who said in 1975 that “If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” So in a year that has seen Webster even tell Reagan to posthumously leave the party, there has been yet one bright spot of unification within the party. When the quarreling met it’s peak time and time again, Governor Paul LePage was the one thing that everyone could agree on.

Governor LePage entered the 2010 Republican primaries as the long-shot candidate who nobody thought could pull it off. In a race that involved deep pocketed individuals like Les Otten and party-connected individuals like Steve Abbott, the Waterville Mayor seemed far out there. Carrying a message strong on the Constitution, he was an early supporter of the Tea Party and their principles. He would be elected riding a wave year for the Republican Party, standing out as the most conservative candidate in the primaries.

Beyond the blunt moments and the blowback from the media, he has been productive in tackling waste and corruption in Augusta. There have been untouched problems in government for far too long and with people like former primary opponent Bruce Poliquin leading the charge, work has been accomplished.

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