Friday, March 7, 2014
During his speech to the convention Sunday, Gov. Paul LePage settled an old score with independent Eliot Cutler, who finished a close second in the 2010 governor's race.
"Remember Eliot Cutler?" he said to an enthusiastic crowd. "He's still running for governor. He mocked me. Said I was pandering to the Maine people. But with the help of the Republican Legislature we produced what Eliot Cutler and the liberal media said was impossible. We produced the largest tax cut in Maine's history."
Those cuts, which were part of the budget passed last year, will phase in over the next few years.
LePage provided a rare moment of unity at a convention marred by a deep divide between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney supporters.Tweet
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