Politics

February 12, 2013

LePage staffer: Governor not living large despite $32K food tab

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is taking exception with the portrayal of Blaine House kitchen spending in a newspaper story noting taxpayers footed the bill for $32,000 worth of food last year.

Responding to an article last week in the Portland Press Herald, Lynn Harvey, director of the Blaine House, wants people to know the governor isn't living large.

Harvey says LePage hosts dinners for military families, potential state investors and others. Last week, 70 to 80 people who help military families attended a Blaine House tea. Private groups are sometimes asked to help defray the cost.

She says LePage views the Blaine House not as the governor's mansion but as the "people's house," with more than 6,000 people coming through last year.

There's no love lost between LePage and newspaper reporters. He has repeatedly attacked newspaper coverage of his administration as biased.

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