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Mar242011

Maine Governor Seeks to Remove Labor Mural

Maine [dot] gov(AUGUSTA, Maine) -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who famously told President Obama to "stay the hell" out of Maine during his election campaign last fall, has ordered a 36-foot mural illustrating his state's labor history to be stricken from the lobby of the Department of Labor.

A spokesman for the Republican governor said some Maine business people complained that the mural was "hostile to business."

Later, a fax released by LePage's office read in part, "In studying the mural I also observed that this mural is nothing but propaganda to further the agenda of the Union movement.  I felt for a moment that I was in communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the masses."

Critics of LePage responded that it was his way of getting back at the unions because of their political differences.

The news comes after battles have taken place between state employees and lawmakers over collective bargaining rights across several states, like Wisconsin.

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