June 17, 2010

Cutler to LePage: I didn't touch your trash

By Susan M. Cover scover@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

WATERVILLE -- Allegations continued to swirl Wednesday that someone went through Mayor Paul LePage's trash, prompting one of his opponents to issue another denial.

Ted O'Meara, campaign manager for independent Eliot Cutler, sent out a second news release Wednesday to make it clear that "we have not stolen Mr. LePage's garbage, nor do we have an interest in his household trash."

The rumors began over the weekend when a Facebook message from LePage stated that his garbage had been stolen.

"They are welcome to it because I want to really grease it up next time," LePage said Wednesday after a Waterville news conference.

The Cutler campaign also released a letter Wednesday that Cutler sent to LePage.

"The last time I was the victim of dirty tricks, in Ed Muskie's 1972 presidential campaign, Richard Nixon and his plumbers were the culprits," Cutler wrote. "I don't want to believe that you and your staff have taken that same Nixonian low road, but it sure looks that way tonight."

He then went on to reiterate that he has not hired private investigators, nor did he try to obtain copies of Waterville City Council videotapes. He then accused the LePage campaign of starting the rumors.

"Had you called, I would have told you the truth: I have not employed private investigators, ordered searches of your garbage, or sought to examine the now notorious videotapes," he wrote. "The opposition research that we do undertake regarding other candidates will be part of an honest and above-board effort to point out to Maine voters the real and important differences among the candidates for governor."

Susan Cover -- 620-7015


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