Lawmaker appeals refusal to remove Gov. LePage

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A Maine state representative said Saturday he's appealing Secretary of State Matt Dunlap's refusal to begin removing Gov. LePage from office using an unprecedented clause in Maine's Constitution.

A group of lawmakers sent Sec. Dunlap a letter Tuesday asking him to invoke a constitutional clause that could temporarily remove the governor. On Wednesday, Sec. Dunlap said he's not going to do that. He said while the governor's conduct is wrong, it's not out of character and the constitution doesn't apply to the case.

Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos said Saturday that Sec. Dunlap does have the power to ask Maine's Supreme Court to investigate Gov. LePage's fitness to hold office, and that the secretary's refusal to do so is a political decision, not an ethical one.

Rep. Evangelos said Sec. Dunlap did not do his due diligence before rejecting the proposal.

NEWS CENTER reached out to the Secretary of State's Office for comment on this latest development Saturday morning but did not immediately hear back.

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