Posted by | December 26, 2010 10:50 | Filed under: Top Stories

Maine’s Governor-elect Paul LePage told President Obama to “go to hell” and told a reporter he would punch him in the face.  He promised to avoid political cronyism. (h/t Think Progress)

Lauren LePage, 22, will serve as assistant to the governor’s chief of staff, John McGough — a position that administration officials describe as entry-level and is commensurate with her experience, work history and education.

LePage, a recent college graduate, will be a salaried political appointee earning approximately $41,000 a year, according to Dan Demeritt, incoming director of communications in the LePage administration. […]

Maine governors have wide discretion in creating staff positions within their offices, filling those positions and setting salaries. Because such appointments are political positions — known as “special assistants to the governor” — there are no rules barring Maine’s chief executive from hiring family members.

Lauren LePage’s salary will be more than the typical entry level pay of $30,000, the starting pay for certified teachers ($30,000) and the starting amount for a Maine State Police Officer ($36,000).

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