Gov. LePage calls for AG Mills, Treas. Hayes to resign
AUGUSTA (WGME) – In a dramatic about-face, Governor Paul LePage is calling on Attorney General Janet Mills and Treasurer Terry Hayes to resign or take a leave of absence from their positions while they run for governor.
The governor sent letters to the women Tuesday.
In the letters, the governor writes that Mills and Hayes should step down and stop taking taxpayer-funded paychecks "to avoid any potential conflict of interest."
The governor also accused the democratic nominee of using her office to benefit her campaign.
"You are clearly not doing the job as attorney general for the people of Maine... And it appears you are using your office as a campaign headquarters."
Last week, CBS 13 saw a video that showed the governor telling a group of people he was going to ask the attorney general to step down during the election, but he wouldn't answer questions about the video.
Mills and Hayes, an independent, are two of the four candidates running to succeed LePage as governor this November.
The other two are Republican businessman Shawn Moody and Independent Alan Caron.
We have reached out to all the campaigns for reaction.
Hayes' campaign says they will have statement soon, but won't until Hayes is done with her work as state treasurer for the day.
Mills' campaign released a statement.
"Of course Governor LePage would want Janet out of the way. She has successfully stood up to him and for the interests of Maine people and he doesn't like it. But the governor would better serve Maine people by spending less time trying to play attack dog for his candidate Shawn Moody.”
Alan Caron's campaign also released a statement.
"Terry Hayes and Janet Mills have the right to run for office, and they can well-manage their jobs and be candidates at the same time."
We haven't heard from the Moody campaign at this point.
In 2012, when Charlie Summers was the republican nominee for U.S. Senate, he continued to serve as Secretary of State.
Also, the governor himself was the Mayor of Waterville during his first gubernatorial run in 2010.