- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A legislative committee reviewing allegations that Gov. Paul LePage threatened to withhold funding for a private school that tried to hire a political opponent wants to interview three members of the administration.

The Government Oversight Committee has asked acting Education Department Commissioner Tom Desjardin, chief legal counsel Cynthia Montgomery and a senior adviser, Aaron Chadburne, to appear on Oct. 15.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1O8salP ) reported that it’s unclear if they’ll do so.

The governor’s office had no comment.

A fact-finding report concluded that the LePage administration withheld money from Good Will-Hinckley after learning that its board had hired House Speaker Mark Eves as leader. But investigators were unable to determine how LePage personally conveyed his threat to school officials. The board later rescinded Eves’ job offer. Eves is suing.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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