Maine Governor Broke Law By Removing and Hiding Labor Mural

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Paul LePage, America's greatest governor of rats.Teabagger-piglet Paul LePage, who somehow became governor of Maine this year despite winning just 38% of the vote, has been aggressively trying to destroy the public worker unions as per his instructions from the Tea Party (Koch Industries). Just to make sure everyone knew he was going to be an incredible jackass in this attack on the people of Maine, LePage decided the labor history mural in the state’s Department of Labor building was, well, labor oriented. And everybody (Koch Industries) knows that’s a very bad thing, for American workers to be fairly compensated for their labor. So portly wingnut Paul LePage had this 36-foot-long mural ripped out, and then he hid it in an “undisclosed location,” and now it turns out he illegally violated the terms of the contract with the mural’s artist.

According to the Bangor Daily News, artist Judy Taylor has a valid contract with the state for her work on the $60,000 mural — which was paid for with federal funds — and that the contract clearly says the mural cannot be moved without her notification and consent. Not only has it been removed, but LePage and his chickenshit tea party excuse for a governor’s office won’t tell anyone where they hid it! What are they, five years old?

If Paul LePage ever comes back from Florida, where he apparently actually lives, he is going to be sued by a Maine attorney representing the artist and the Maine Arts Commission. And, then, hopefully, he will quickly be driven from office and then mercilessly beaten and sealed for eternity in an extra-large septic tank. Meanwhile, Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquarella has expressed her “grave concerns” about the bullshit story LePage’s spokesturd told the press about some anonymous fax complaining about the mural, and that’s why LePage immediately spent state money to destroy a state artwork in the state’s Department of Labor building. In her letter distributed to the press, Pasquarella writes:

I was particularly surprised to read that you were influenced by an anonymous fax comparing the 11-panel mural to North Korean political propaganda, because the act of removing images commemorating Maine’s history itself conjures thoughts of rewriting history prevalent in totalitarian regimes.

Ha ha, burn. Or not, as that paragraph has too many big words for a dumbphuck like LePage to understand. (He only really understands the word “Koch.”) [Bangor Daily News]

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191 comments

    1. Crank_Tango

      didn't we do this bit last week? I had to check the date on this post cuz I thought it was old…

      1. DemmeFatale

        Ugh! Saw him at a Yankee spring training game. He's the ultimate downer for Yankee fans everywhere. (At least his leering dog-killer wife wasn't with him!)

          1. mumbly_ジョジョ

            Remember when he tried to suspend elections? Not extend term limits, mind you, which was the thing Bloomberg did that everyone said was douchey, but *suspend* elections.

          2. Limeylizzie

            Yes, everyone was sort of forgiving him for being a giant asshole , because he was OK on 9/11 and then he did that .

    2. SorosBot

      Pope Pius IV, who had another artist paint clothes over the figures in Michelangelo's Last Judgment?

      1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

        I first read that as the "Last Supper," and I was trying to imagine DaVinci's work, but with everyone nude.

    3. Lascauxcaveman

      Definitely not Cleopatra, again.

      Ever look at all those ancient Egypt paintings and mosaics and suchlike? It's, like, about 90% naked people. Those guys knew how kick back in the sun.

    4. glamourdammerung

      It is not fair to compare teabaggers to Nazis.

      After all, a large portion of Nazis were combat veterans and also the Nazis had a clear foreign policy.

      1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

        Good evening. I'd like to talk to you tonight about the place of the nude in my bed … um … in the history of my bed … of art, of art, I'm sorry. The place of the nude in the history of tart… call-girl… I'm sorry. I'll start again… Bum … oh what a giveaway. The place of the nude in art. (a seductively dressed girl enters slinkily) Oh hello there father, er confessor, professor, your honour, your grace …

    1. AnAmericanInTO

      I hate to break it to you, but the French Canadians, my people, invaded years ago and stole jobs from hard working 'Mercans. Nearly everyone I went to school with had a bastardized French name and almost every girl had the middle name, Marie. Except for the girls with the FIRST name, Marie.

    2. Crank_Tango

      diffamation sanguine !

      then again, there prolly already is a term for it, but whatever.

    1. GhostBuggy

      Well, about this time the old Duke boys were fixin' to look for jobs in Maine. 'Course, they didn't count on Boss Hog removin' the mural and hidin' it behind the Boar's Nest. That's when they started to feel a might down about ever findin' work.

      They were more low-down than a hen that jes' had its feathers plucked, friends.

      <FREEZE FRAME, MUSIC STING, CUT TO COMMERCIALS/END OF CIVILIZATION>

  1. user-of-owls

    Has anybody checked his anus for the missing mural? You might also find Jimmy Hoffa and the Loch Ness Monster in there. With room to spare.

  2. mumbly_ジョジョ

    Teabagger-piglet Paul LePage, who somehow became governor of Maine this year despite winning just 38% of the vote

    Can you say, "mandate"?

    1. jonzin

      Because exercise and eating right haven't been proven to keep you healthy. It's just a theory like global warming or evolution. It's also socialism for the government to tell us what to eat. So, they think it's a good idea to eat three whoppers for lunch.

  3. baconzgood

    As someone who likes and is active in the art community I say with all sincerely: FUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOOOOOOOOOOOU!!!!!!!! LePage! (which is a FRENCH name)! HOOOOORAY FOR ART AND LABOR!!!! Diego Rivera would be happy.

  4. PublicLuxury

    Laborers should not even be recognized as people. They are the dredges of humanity. Cleaning toilets, picking lettuce, doing dishes, serving foie gras, and drinking Mad Dog 20/20 wine is all they are good for. Those people don't even have enough money to hire someone to do their laundry. Yeesh. They have a lot of nerve whining about some picture.

  5. widestanceroman

    No one should be surprised when it finally is found, coated with LePage um, "glue."

    1. poncho_pilot

      maybe he used the LePage glue gun? glues a whole formation of planes together in mid-flight.

      1. widestanceroman

        Come to think of it, his mouth really does look like the nasty dispensing hole on the bottle.

  6. AngryBlakGuy

    …geez, the Tea Party is really scraping the bottom of the bucket when it comes to candidates aren't they?! This guy is borderline mongoloid!!!

    1. Dudleydidwrong

      Down syndrome folks are good folks. Let's leave them out of this. LePage is simply a bottom feeder in the septic tank of life, an asshole's product, the best example of the Tea Party's desire to destroy America's working folk for the sake of a sick philosophy. I worked with a lot of good French Canadians when I lived in Maine and LePage is not worthy to carry their lunch pails. He is a first class, grade A, prime bastard turd.

      1. AngryBlakGuy

        …when I think about it, I guess you are right! Besides, people with Downs Syndrome have extra chromosome; this guy acts like he is missing a couple!

    2. the_idler

      He looks like Jabba the Hutt: "Bring me Solo and the Wookiee. They will all suffer for this outrage."

  7. ThankYouJeebus

    Of course he lives in Florida. He couldn't resisting picking up on some sweet foreclosure bargains.

  8. nicnack74

    The level of crazy is fawking awesome. Wasting tax payer dollars to save tax payer dollars. Bitchen.

  9. Hatrabbit

    Le Page is in talks with the creator of Garfield to commission a replacement mural depicting Sarah Palin's rise to fame and her eventual ascension into heaven.

  10. jus_wonderin

    The Requirements to create a Warning Sign that will last 10,000 years

    This place is a message… and part of a system of messages… pay attention to it!

    Sending this message was important to us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.

    This place is not a place of honor…no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here… nothing valued is here.

    What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.

    The danger is in a particular location… it increases toward a center… the center of danger is here… of a particular size and shape, and below us.

    The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.

    The danger is to the body, and it can kill.

    The form of the danger is an emanation of energy.

    The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically. This place is best shunned and left uninhabited.

  11. DaRooster

    So now Maine can be sued for a bazilion dollars and they can raise laborers taxes to pay for this people hating, fat slob… even though there are no laborers left… or wages.

  12. BloviateMe

    He's just pissed because somebody reported his whole "body fusing to a chair, poop and maggots incident." He wanted to keep that on the down-low.

  13. prommie

    He's not a pig, pigs are intelligent and kinda cool animals; he is a pig-fucker.

    I always look at the bright side. The one good thing about whats going on in Amurrica these days, is that the mystery of what happened to Germany, how did such a civilized country descend to savagery in the 1930s, this mystery is no more, its clear that it must have happned the same way its happening here, now. Its like a huge laboratory experiment on "how a democracy descends into fascism." Isn't it fascinating, I mean, just on the intellectual level, to watch this?

    1. mumbly_ジョジョ

      Oh, see I was pretty sure it was:

      1) Get an education degree from Swarthmore* or Brown
      2) Universal Healthcare
      3) ???
      4) Fascism!

      But I'm probably reading too much (read: any, at all) Jonah Goldberg.

      *and I found myself wondering if a psychology degree would suffice in a pinch.

    2. FNMA

      Absolutely. I'm having the time of my life, intellectually speaking. Hope my liver holds out so I can see where it all ends.

      1. prommie

        Mix it up, lay off the alcohol, take up "smoking" man, try some pharmaceuticals, hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.

    3. gvvt

      I've been teaching a course on that era for about a decade now. That realization has been haunting me for most of that time, and the parallels just get clearer and clearer. Try the Dreyfus Affair for more of Mother History's Amusing Bedtime Stories. We're going to need tighter security at Vermont's porous borders with the US…

    4. PuckStopsHere

      I suppose it's interesting, but the lessons of history are usually obvious and indeed such is the case when one considers the history of Nazi Germany. So, I just think it's kind of sad that the country has gone from its finest hours to its death throes in my lifetime.

  14. XOhioan

    He was just trying to clear some space for the 11-panel mural of a George Washington impersonator, the twin towers with a crying eagle and angry obese people on personal mobility scooters.

    1. chicken_thief

      With a panel reserved for 24/7 runnings of Kory whats-his-name youtube vids, the new, even more effeminate Justin Beiber.

  15. freakishlywrong

    When I hear the word "flatulence" , I instantly think of this fartsack. Serenity Now! Republicans have turned the hateful crazy up to eleven.

    1. jus_wonderin

      It's like that car next to us at the light and even though the windows are up you can still hear their music….but in this case, the windows are fully down.

    2. DemmeFatale

      It's like putting Styrofoam back in the congressional cafeteria…
      re-instating child labor laws…
      getting rid of Unions…
      I could go on all day.

      (Yes Ken, they are like 5 year olds!)

  16. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Nice to see that the Talibaneabaggers are making sure that nothing in Afghanistanmerica will offend those of pure beliefs.

  17. SenileAgitation

    Lobstermen, fishermen, farmers and loggers do not need Social Realism style murals depicting their daily struggles and proud history, thank you very much. It would be nice to have a mural of the courageous dudes who ripped out the mural ripping out the mural, though. That is a moment in labor history that Mainers will want to wonder at and keep in their hearts.

  18. user-of-owls

    Wish for him to get eated by sharks. Both the sharks and the constituents make out.

    Pareto Optimality anyone?

  19. NorthStarSpanx

    If anonymous commentary holds so much sway over Koch Governor's, why doesn't Wonkette rule the world?

    1. aguacatero

      Has to be faxed, because that's the medium in which Framers received their anonymous complaints.

    1. gvvt

      So, in fact, there's 1 reason. None of theirs ever seem even remotely palatable or within shitting distance of decent, much less "good."

  20. Gopherit

    Yeah, either that or they "accidentally wiped their asses on it." Way to go, asshole. That's one artist who is going to get a great payday from a teabagger….probably the only way that's ever going to happen, too.

  21. baconzgood

    Every one is getting an up fist from Baconzgood and I'm calling it a piece of performance art.

    Title: ART RULZ/TEA BAGGERS ARE DOUCHES!

  22. owhatever

    I want every tagger in Maine to visit Mister Governor's house while he is in Flodrida, and practice their mural-making skills.

    1. emmelemm

      Yeah, um, I thought Republicans were all about contracts? Oh, right, that was before the CRAZY erupted, this decade or so.

  23. mumbly_ジョジョ

    So here's the thing I don't understand about Randroid Kochsuckers: According to The Fountainhead, the artist, as a Creator, would be completely entitled to, in retaliation for LePage being a douchebag, firebomb the Governor's mansion, if I'm understanding the ending correctly. That's correct, right?

  24. WhatTheHeck

    Its only a matter of time before women experiencing Labor pains will be removed from hospitals and hidden away in internment camps.

    1. widestanceroman

      It's not the semen, it's the anus-flavored mayonnaise smoothies the Kochs give him for a job well-done.

  25. CrankyLttlCamperette

    They've already Sharpied Hitler-moustaches on the little kids in the child labor panel…

  26. elviouslyqueer

    The 36-foot mural was taken down over the weekend after LePage said it was too biased in favor of organized labor and wasn’t in line with his pro-business agenda.

    And there, dear Wonketteers, is Republican ideology in a nutshell. It's not about doing what's best for "the people," it's about advancing your own personal agenda.

    That'll do, pig, also.

    1. schvitzatura

      Never let a stranger in your cab, in your house or in your heart… unless he is a friend of labor.

      Or in your statehouse, you dumbass princes of Maine, you kings of New England!

  27. SorosBot

    I'm just hoping that the artist can make the fascist Gov pay her personally, and lots of money. The only thing that can stop these authoritarians from flagrantly violating the law is if it actually hurts them, individually.

    1. emmelemm

      /turning on a serious thought trail for a minute….

      Yeah, it would be nice if she could sue the Governor personally for his asshole-ishness, but as evidenced by SCROTUS yesterday, suing someone in a position of governmental authority for their bullshit might not get you very far.

      1. SorosBot

        Luckily, this is a contract dispute, so it's a matter of state law that wouldn't fall under the Supremes' jurisdiction.

        1. ShaveTheWhales

          But, sadly, the contract is with the state (I suppose) so LePew will suffer no personal inconvenience.

  28. genxr

    The mural is hidden at their frat house guarded by some of the pledges. He can't say where it is or he'll lose his pledge pin!

  29. Mahousu

    LePage looks sort of like a redneck Joker in that picture. If he ends up being featured in the next Batman "reboot," I think I'll skip it.

  30. phlox✔

    When is the new 'Business-Friendly' mural going to be commissioned?
    You know, the one that illustrates the symbiotic relationship between our corporate overlords and us lowly workers/serfs/indentured servants..
    I think an enormous Juicer just to the left of the exsanguinated husks of Labor should do the trick.
    In the style of Roy Lichtenstein, please.

    1. SmutBoffin

      It will show the happy masses going to work at Wal*Mart and receiving corn syrup and Jersey Shore DVDs from a grateful robber baron.

    2. Veritas78

      Governor Fatty is commissioning murals that commemorate: the outsourcing of jobs, the bloating of CEO salaries, the rape of our environment, and the creation of arcane financial instruments that wrecked our economy. These should be ready next Tuesday, thanks to Chinese artisans, who are being whipped at this very moment.

    3. unclejeems

      Murals? That there Lickthetin fella sounds like some sorta furner anyhow. Sheet fahr, let's have us some reel monomental ark texture, like a giant statute of Ram Shees or somethin. Why, I'll betcha dollars to donuts ol govnur Christee or whatever his name may be would stand still for jest such a sitting, that bein what he do best, looks like, anyhow. Better, let's git rid of all them old dead men's faces in North Dakota or Canada or whatever, on that there montain, and put us up the mug of a real live hero lik Ronald Reagan. Er whatever.

  31. SmutBoffin

    Republicans! Previously guilty of crimes against science and logic, now guilty of crimes against art and history.

    1. DarwinianDemon

      Not looking too good for P.E. either if their attacks on "Let's Move (Our "Robust" Asses) is anything to go by.

  32. [redacted]hse

    I sincerely hope that these kinds of antics will finally sink the T-party once and for all, along with the fucking loser moron assholes that are proud to be affiliated.
    I'm waiting for the anti-tax fuckers to ante up the taxes needed to pay for Fatso's lawsuit.LOL

  33. James Michael Curley

    Don't hope for his plane to crash. The world is still coping with one big tsunami.

  34. thefrontpage

    Taking bets now on how long it is until LePage is either found in a backyard storage shed with an underage male State House intern, or he's found trying to stuff $80,000 in cash down his underwear as FBI agents tear down his front and back doors as part of a larger Maine Republican embezzlement, bribery and wire fraud corruption investigation.

  35. MrsBiggTime

    "And, then, hopefully, he will quickly be driven from office and then mercilessly beaten and sealed for eternity in an extra-large septic tank"
    FTW. Thank you Wonkette; after having an image of Clarence and Ginny bumpin' uglies, that septic tank palate cleanser sure felt good.

  36. outragedcitizen

    My brother and his wife live in Maine and they are teabaggers. My brother has been in a union most of his adult life and he was the president of his local for about ten years. Yet, somehow, he and his wife think this dumb fuck is a hero fighting the "union thugs".

    Wait, what? Yeah, that's my reaction too.

    1. GOPCrusher

      I've noticed that you never hear any Tea Baggers use the word union without sticking the term "thug" after it.
      Are we suppose to believe that anyone that belong in organized labor, spends their time roaming the streets looting and pillaging?
      When do they actually work?

      1. KenLayIsAlive

        Doormen, nurses, teachers, cops, the little old ladies who turn down your sheets in a hotels, firefighters, women sewing garments together – THUGS!

        Tea Baggers have no fucking shame at all. None. Not even like, a little tiny atom of it.

  37. Wendy_Kroy

    Aside from any contractual rights the artist might have, the gov's actions would also seem to violate the Visual Artists Rights Act, which protects site-specific artwork from being moved.

  38. chicken_thief

    This is probably a silly question, but does anyone think that the Teatards will ever realize how counter-productive they are to their own cause? This clown, for example, removes (and possibly destroys) federally funded artwork in violation of the contract with the artist. Now the state will have to defend him and will lose. Hopefully. How is that "fiscally responsible"?! How is unilaterally violating a contract "acceptable"? Enough, I'm giving myself a headache…

    1. berkeleyfarm

      It apparently doesn't matter. They're raising the Jolly Roger and the social agenda is #1 – infinity, above JARWBS or whatever "fiscal responsibility" campaign promises they were hiding the dog-whistles in.

      Tea party supporters are apparently too dumb to do the math and get distracted by the big dramatic gesture.

  39. metamarcisf

    Who's going to stop the lobsters from attacking "Pepe" LePage and his administration? Not me.

  40. Ducksworthy

    When he gets to Florida he'll have to give a urine specimen to Rick Scott's wife like the rest of the residents.

  41. Guppy06

    Ignoring the question of people still using fax machines, what would happen if he started getting anonymous faxes asking him to resign?

  42. Eve8Apples

    Hid the 36 foot long mural? Nah, I bet he covered it with refried beans, melted Velveeta and Fritos, rolled it up into a big ass burrito and ate it.

  43. Steverino247

    Is it too much to ask to require run off elections for every office under the United States so some retard can't win with 38% of the vote ever again? This happened in my town and the only good news about it is we will need lots fewer signatures to recall his dumb ass.

  44. kissawookiee

    "He only really understands the word 'Koch.'"

    And that's only because he's never heard it pronounced out loud.

  45. randcoolcatdaddy

    "Not only has it been removed, but LePage and his chickenshit tea party excuse for a governor’s office won’t tell anyone where they hid it!"

    I'm willing to bet that they didn't hide it – they had it carted off to a landfill. Hilarity, lawsuits and large damage awards will ensue.

    1. [redacted]hse

      Please, please, please!

      Maybe the the little fuck will drop dead from a coronary infarction and a brain aneurism while pushing out a fat turd. Maybe not, who knows.

  46. Crank_Tango

    I suppose, but it just gave me what Yogi Berra referred to as "already seen, encore une fois."

  47. Negropolis

    I so badly want to pronounce his name with a thick, Parisian accent right to his face.

    Anyway, while I'm more partial to Diego Rivera-type labor murals (his Detroit Industry Murals at the DIA are the shit) LePage can go and get lost lobstering for all I care. You know "long walk/short pier" type dealie.

  48. L188188

    I can't wait until the tea-bagging mouth-breathers up there in bizarro-Canada start decrying what an actual "CONTRACT" means… I mean, isn't that some kind of sacred free-market business talk or something? They cant' mess with the FREE MARKET now can they???

    1. berkeleyfarm

      That's similar to what I was thinking, although mine was more along the lines of "so if someone sent in an anon fax demanding that they drink bleach and hurl themselves in the path of a snowmobile, they'd feel compelled to do it?"

      And what do you want to bet that the phone number/IP address associated with the "anonymous" fax belongs to someone they know?

      1. mightykendar

        ""so if someone sent in an anon fax demanding that they drink bleach and hurl themselves in the path of a snowmobile, they'd feel compelled to do it?""

        Couldn't hurt to try.

  49. mightykendar

    Even members of the Maine GOP are calling him out now: http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/04/01/politic

    Maine is overall, not such a right-wing state as this idiot's presence would indicate; the majority of the population is in the southern part of the state and tends to be pretty liberal. I live in "northern" Maine, however, and it is peppered with uneducated conservative religious types who genuinely seem to think that people like LePage are on their side, when the reality is that they are poor, and working class, and, therefore, no one in the LePage government gives half a shit about them, other than soliciting their votes on the basis of "Boo! Liberals! They will tax you and take all your money and guns and Bibles and replace them with Qurans, Kenyan birth certificates and pamphlets on climate change! Fear them!"

    It sucks, too, because there were some decent candidates running in Maine's Republican primary, and while I don't generally vote for Repubs (aside from our beloved RINOs), I think any one of them would have been a better choice than LePage.

    To be fair, however, I think a rabid, one-eyed squirrel would have been a better choice than LePage.

    1. berkeleyfarm

      I heard Rep Peter King on the radio the other day and my jaw dropped when he said that the Christianist social agenda (he didn't call it that, but it was plain) was always far, far, far more important to him than economies and jawrbs and stuff like that. This was even back in the days of Bill Clinton's successful "it's the economy, stupid" slogan. King is under the delusion (or is trying to propogate the delusion) that if the social stuff gets fixed, the economy will follow.

      The leaders are busy dog-whistling the social agenda to their followers, who somehow think that it's ok to be poor and screwed as long as the GAY AGENDA!!!1! or whatever can't getcha.

  50. RociStone

    On top of everything else, I read a while ago that there's a provision in the contract that was made with the artist who was responsible for the mural. The contract provides that it cannot be taken down, or moved without the artists permission. It's a $60,000 contract paid for with federal funds.

    Now then, Gov'nor lePage.. have YOU ever heard the term "Breech of contract?"

    Do you know what this little escapade could wind up costing the state, and the citizens of Maine? Let me take a stab at it for you. It's called treble damages. That could mean up to THREE TIMES the value of the contract found to be willfully and wrongly breached.In case you're no better at multiplication than you are at politics. let me lend a hand.That might be $180,000, and that doesn't include lawyers and court costs.

    I hope the artist does take you to court, and I hope she wins.
    The only losers in all this seem to be the good folks of Maine who got stuck with you as their governor.

  51. schvitzatura

    If 1000 Wonketeers chipped in one sawbuck ($10) each, a head and shoulders portrait of Ken Layne can be commissioned from Judy Taylor, artist of "History of Labor in the State of Maine":
    http://www.judytaylorstudio.com/comm1.html

    Quote from Ms. Taylor's statement:

    "My father served as a Forward Observer during the Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star. He was a man who stood by every word he spoke, every letter he wrote. It was so heartbreaking to learn that this controversy may have started with an
    anonymous letter comparing this mural to a North Korean propaganda poster.
    Perhaps we should hang my father's Bronze Star for his service in Korea in
    the now empty reception area of the Maine Department of Labor until the mural
    is returned, as a symbol of the importance of remembering our history, and
    not shuttering it away."

    LePage: May the heavens part and a deluge of lightly salted poisoned rat dicks shower upon you every day of your life, henceforth.

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