September 8, 2013

Michael Cuzzi: Republican silence as contemptible as LePage's offense

Leaders stand by a governor they privately admit is a millstone around their necks.

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Some Republicans think LePage is now in a comprised position; that he's weakened and can be forced into legislative corners and concessions during the next legislative session.

They are deluding themselves.

Their persistent silence and inaction emboldens the governor, enabling him to bully, lie and intimidate with near-impunity.

Perhaps Republicans think there's no upside in challenging this governor. Perhaps they are comfortable with 62 percent of Maine voters believing that LePage brings "national embarrassment" to the state, or are content with further electoral losses and growing party disunity.

Perhaps remaining in LePage's good graces creates more immediate and irresistible personal and political currency than elevating the long-term good of the party or even the state.

Whatever the reason, Maine Republicans are demonstrating a remarkable collective case of Stockholm syndrome, progressing so dramatically over LePage's first term that they not only defend their captor, but now mistake his lack of abuse for an act of kindness.

Michael Cuzzi is a former campaign aide to President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen. He manages the Portland office for VOX Global, a strategic communications and public affairs firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. He can be contacted at:

mjcuzzi@gmail.com

Twitter: @CuzziMJ

 

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