- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage says a state investigation into whether he pressed a charter school operator not to hire Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves is a “witch hunt” initiated by a member of his own party.

LePage says he thinks Government Oversight Committee co-chairman Sen. Roger Katz (CATES) initiated the investigation. LePage and Katz are both Republicans.

Katz is a moderate from Augusta who frequently challenges the governor on policy issues. He told the Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1ZcmyvY ) that the request to investigate the governor came from four other lawmakers. He says the lawmakers included two Democrats, a Republican and an independent.

Katz and other legislators expressed concern earlier this year that LePage may have overstepped his authority by wading into Good Will-Hinckley’s decision to hire Eves.

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This story has been corrected to show that the last name of the House Speaker is Eves, not Eaves.

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