July 8, 2012

Dan Demeritt: Time for governor to make the most of his ability to unify Republicans

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At this point we do not know how the candidates stack up over 186 districts in terms of their qualifications, fit for the district or willingness to work. If Maine GOP Chair Charlie Webster and the leadership caucuses have matched their recruitment success from 2010, Republicans will be in a strong position to hold their majorities in the House and Senate.

On several occasions over the last two years, Gov. LePage has taken the Republican-controlled Legislature to task for not going fast or far enough. He questioned the pace of their work, their resolve and wondered aloud if he should not spend some time on the campaign trail to "ask the Maine people to send people (to Augusta) who are willing to work."

With patience and principle, Republicans in the Legislature have pushed forward and enacted much of Gov. LePage's agenda. While the governor was not always happy with the outcome, Republicans in Augusta have carried LePage's water and, with the second half of his term at stake, it is time for him to return the favor.

Dan Demeritt is a Republican political consultant and public relations specialist. He is former communications director for Gov. LePage. He can be contacted at dan@win207.com. Follow him on twitter.com @demerittdan.


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