In a recent article it was reported that Paul LePage threatened “to deck” a political tracker for violating his personal space. The excuse that LePage’s behavior is based on his difficult upbringing has been offered by some. I offer a less complicated explanation that LePage is simply a bully.

I understand there are many influences on a young person that contribute to character development in either a positive or negative way. I’ll offer former President Trump as an example of a bully coming from privilege. During the 2016 election, LePage claimed that he was ”Trump before Trump.” On that I can firmly agree.

Democracy is not best served by finger pointing, name calling, vulgarity, and contempt or threats as characterized by bullies. Maine citizens deserve leadership of the highest character.

Terry McCannell


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