TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS, TRUMP TOWER – Although mega-billionaire Donald Trump has coyly said that he will not announce his choice for a running mate until the GOP convention in Cleveland in July, a solitary reporter has come to a different conclusion after watching "Last Week with John Oliver" yesterday.
Oliver, who is never shy about exposing cant and hypocrisy, showed several clips of Maine’s notoriously bombastic two-term governor, Paul LePage. (Unfortunately, YouTube included only Oliver’s coverage of the deficiencies in our nationwide 911 system.)
LePage, a darling of the Tea Party, was elected in 2010 after a seven-way primary contest for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. He was reelected in 2014. Taking his cue from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he has promised to veto every piece of legislation sponsored by Democratic legislators, regardless of merit. He is seriously considering running against Maine’s Independent US senator, Angus King, in 2018.
The Vacationland State’s governor, whose bulk and noticeably unhandsome demeanor closely resemble his fellow Republican, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, sparked outrage at the outset of his governorship for hiring his 22-year old daughter, Lauren, as an assistant to his chief of staff. He also gained considerable attention for refusing to meet with members of the NAACP. And, perhaps most conspicuously, he made nationwide news for how he went after Democratic State Senator Troy Dale Jackson, after Jackson criticized the governor for being unwilling to negotiate budget issues with Democratic legislators. LePage said that Senator Jackson “claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”
Your solitary reporter has been pondering for several months whom Trump would pick as his Vice President. We have previously suggested Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, or Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
LePage initially favored Christie for president, but after Big Bully Chris dropped out and slavishly endorsed Trump, the Vacationland governor swiftly followed Christie’s lead and endorsed the casino king in February, even though earlier that month he urged Republican governors to draft an open letter disavowing Trump and his politics.
“I like a guy who changes his mind whenever he feels like it, just like I do,” Trump bragged to our associate solitary reporter, John Jones.
Elsewhere, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, appearing yesterday on ABC’s “This Week,” staunchly defended Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns, saying that what’s really important these days is how big an earthquake Trump can cause once he is elected.
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