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For Immediate Release

Press Release

Gov. LePage Calls for Jailing Maine Minimum Wage Leaders

***Leaders available for interviews***
WASHINGTON -

Just days after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested during a televised debate that Hillary Clinton should be jailed, Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that his political opponents should be imprisoned in a speech to the Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce.

According to the Portland Press Herald, LePage said at a Thursday morning breakfast that two leaders with Maine People’s Alliance, Ben Chin and Mike Tipping, “should be sent to jail for what they’re doing to the elderly.” The comments appear to be a reaction to a new TV and online advertisement that shows how increasing the minimum wage could be a boost for people like Kathy Rondone, a 72-year old Mainer who is struggling to support herself and her husband who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

On Friday, LePage reiterated his comments, likening a minimum wage increase to “attempted murder.”

LePage, an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump, has been actively intimidating Chin and Tipping for months, threatening to sue Tipping and making a “wanted” poster of Ben Chin. Earlier this week, LePage said that Donald Trump needs to show “authoritarian power” because the country is “slipping into anarchy” (although he later partially walked back the statement).

This morning, Chin and Tipping debriefed the LePage’s words on their weekly political podcast taking the anti-democratic assault in good humor, asking what statute they had violated. However, Chin and Tipping are dead serious about working to pass Question 4 on the Maine ballot, which would raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2020.

“Mainers are struggling to get by on a minimum wage of just $7.50 an hour. Seniors like Kathy Rondone have to chose between getting their car fixed and buying the medicine her husband needs,” said Chin. “Gov. LePage’s comments are an insult to democracy, and they show just how out of touch he and other Republican leaders are with the realities that Mainers face everyday.”

To interview Ben Chin or Mike Tipping, contact Kathy Mulady at 206-992-8787 or k.mulady@peoplesaction.org or Jacob Swenson-Lengyel at 312-316-3973 or jacob.sl@peoplesaction.org.

 

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