- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Two Democratic Maine lawmakers want the state’s watchdog agency to investigate claims that Republican Gov. Paul LePage forced the president of the World Acadian Congress to resign.

Reps. Ronald Martin and Robert Saucier asked the Government Oversight Committee on Tuesday to initiate an investigation into the allegations made by liberal and political activist Mike Tipping in the Bangor Daily News last week.

Tipping quoted a member of the World Acadian Congress board as saying that LePage had threatened to pull $500,000 in funding for the organization unless it removed Jason Parent as president.

LePage’s office strongly rejected that account. A spokesman for LePage said Tuesday that lawmakers are using the “manufactured account … to fan the flames of their fanatical opposition to the governor.”


This story has been corrected to show Martin’s first name is Roland, not Ronald.

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