PORTLAND — A spokesman for Gov. Paul LePage says a statement by a former Cabinet member saying the governor didn’t want to work in the best interest of Maine’s largest city is “absurd.”

Spokesman Adam Fisher responded Thursday to a statement from former Marine Resources Commissioner Norman Olsen, who said LePage wasn’t interested in collaborating with Portland because the city was against him.

Olsen also said LePage wasn’t interested in working with federal fisheries officials.

Fisher rejected both allegations.

He said Olsen was angry when he wrote the letter and that it showed. Olsen resigned Wednesday, saying the governor was working with fisheries officials behind his back.