AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Republican state senator is condemning Gov. Paul LePage's comment that the Maine government's middle management "is corrupt," saying it was an attack on good Maine people.
Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta, who represents an area where many state workers live, issued a statement Monday, days after LePage's comment to a crowd in Newport. LePage later clarified it to say the workers were "corrupted" by a bureaucratic mindset.
Katz says many of those criticized by LePage are his friends and neighbors, who work hard. He said calling them corrupt is "demeaning and inexcusable" and he hopes the governor will apologize.
Republican Rep. Patrick Flood of Winthrop, who also represents a lot of state workers, says LePage's comment made many of his co-constituents uncomfortable.
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