AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage says the “mean season” has arrived – the time of year when candidates are engaging in dirty campaigns.

In his weekly radio address, LePage says he’s a history buff, but he’s not sure the mistakes of the past won’t be repeated. LePage, who does not have an election campaign this year, acknowledges not all campaigns of the past have been nice.

But he says we’re in the midst of different kinds of campaigns now. LePage says words have a potentially devastating impact on a campaign, especially when they are lies.

In the Democratic response, Sen. Chris Johnson of Somerville says many Mainers are worse off, mainly due to failures of the Republican-led Legislature. Johnson says tax breaks are pushing costs onto Maine towns and property taxpayers.