June 27, 2013

Alan Caron: Gov. LePage’s recent actions cry out for an intervention

Maine’s chief executive seems to be on the verge of losing control, reflecting poorly on the state.

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The whispers about LePage are getting louder. Is he well? Is he losing control? Is he competent to hold office? It’s not just his enemies asking those questions – his supporters are also beginning to wonder.

People who have lived in poverty know too well the signs of people who are self-destructing. It is a world filled with people on the edge, pushed there by dead-end jobs, fractured relationships, alcohol, drugs, mental illness or rudderless anger.

For families confronting those challenges, nothing is more overwhelming than a loved one who begins to lose control. “He’s just a fun-loving guy,” they say, nervously, until the problems can’t be ignored.

What I see now, with Paul LePage are the flashing lights and loud sirens of distress signals. What to do is a question we’re all confronted with. It may be time for those closest to him to huddle quietly in the kitchen, out of earshot, and begin to talk about the painful reality of a personal intervention.

As a first step, they could stop making excuses for his actions while there’s still time to avoid further damage to him, to the brand of the Republican Party and to the state of Maine.

Alan Caron is president of Envision Maine, a nonprofit organization that promotes Maine’s next economy, and a partner at the Caron & Egan Consulting Group. He can be contacted at:

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