December 16, 2012

Dan Demeritt: Hospital debt, business climate, and a frosty governor to boot

LePage isn't going to make any political hay by refusing to meet with Democratic legislators.

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Seriously addressing our state's problems starts with addressing each other.

It is the middle of December and LePage still has not met with the Democratic leaders in the Legislature. Seriously.

LePage is steadfast in his beliefs and the importance of his mission. But he also has zero tolerance for dissent and very little willingness to consider competing points of view.

It is a leadership style best understood by watching Jack Nicholson's portrayal of Col. Jessup on the witness stand at the end of "A Few Good Men."

When you run a business or, like Col. Jessup, eat breakfast 300 yards away from 4,000 Cubans trained to kill you, using the authority that comes with position can be an extremely effective leadership approach.

But inspiration and collaboration are what is needed in our system of government. Especially when a Republican governor has to work with a Legislature controlled by near-veto-proof Democratic majorities in both chambers.

Before Christmas, Democrats in the Legislature are going to unveil a list of policy priorities for the 126th Legislature. There will be items in that list that could lead to political compromise and progress for Maine.

It should be worth a meeting.

Dan Demeritt is a Republican political consultant and public relations specialist. He is a former campaign aide and communications director for Gov. Paul LePage. He can be contacted at:

Twitter: @demerittdan


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