Miss Maine, Ashley-Lynn Marble
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A plan by Maine Gov. Paul LePage to hire Miss Maine USA to promote career and technical education in high schools drew fire from the state's education commissioner who called the notion "nuts" as the state faced a budget gap.
Emails obtained this week by the Kennebec Journal between Jonathan Nass, LePage's education adviser, and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen in 2011 show that Bowen was firmly against the proposal to hire Ashley Marble.
Bowen said hiring Marble, who he described as an unqualified "beauty queen," would risk his and the department's credibility.
Bowen apologized to Marble in a written statement on Friday calling the email "uninformed and inappropriate.
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