Maybe not right. The first few weeks of LePage's tenure have been a bit ominous.
- As I wrote the other day, he's nominated a developer to run the Department of Environmental Protection.
- He's appointed his 22-year-old daughter, just out of college, to assist his chief-of-staff at a salary and benefits much higher than the usual entry-level position.
- He's told the NAACP, on Martin Luther King Day, that he won't be beholden to "special interests" and that the NAACP can "kiss my butt."
- He wants Maine to join the national lawsuit to get out of the new healthcare law.
- He wants to relax state rules that protect vernal pools from development.
- He wants to get rid of the Land Use Regulation Commission, the independent body that controls development in the 10 million acres of Maine's unorganized territories.
- He's attended a number of "red-tape removal audit" forums, but only one environmental forum.
I don't know if he's related to the LePages who make glue or to the LePages who bake bread. Those would be good, down-to-earth roots to have. I'm worried, however, that he's already turning into an angry beast. Just re-arrange a couple of letters in his name and you get "pelage," "the hairy covering of a mammal." What is the real Paul LePage, man or monster?