LePage featured again in new “American Comeback” RGA video spot

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is once again the subject of an “American Comeback” video spot, produced and promoted by the Republican Governors Association.

Back in January, LePage was first profiled in an “American Comeback” video, in which he outlined his hardscrabble childhood and rise from poverty. LePage touches on his personal story again, briefly, in the new video (above).

The association has released videos featuring about a dozen Republican governors, including Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley. The ads aren’t technically campaign spots — they never tell you to vote for the featured politician — but they give each candidate the time to make their pitch to voters.

In the new video, LePage strikes a much more optimistic tone than is often heard from the governor:

“I want to see Maine people be prosperous. I want to see Maine people being able to afford to own land on the ocean. Those are the things that drive me. It’s about Maine people being prosperous, not about being on welfare. … We can change anything that needs to be changed. We just need to get up and do it.”

The RGA, through its Maine PAC, spent more than $1.1 million to help elect Gov. Paul LePage in 2010, and seems poised to do its part to ensure the incumbent returns to the Blaine House after November’s election. It pumped $70,000 into the Maine gubernatorial race last year.

The group’s Democratic counterpart will also enter the fray: Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, head of the Democratic Governors Association, has missed few chances to blast LePage or independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler while boosting his party’s candidate, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. The DGA poured $231,000 into Maine in 2013.

As an independent candidate, Eliot Cutler does not have a national group analogous to the RGA or DGA supporting his candidacy. However, the Campaign for Maine — a state group supporting Cutler — raised $142,600 in 2013.

Expect those numbers to grow faster and faster as each month passes before November’s election.

Mario Moretto

About Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and, now, in the State House. Mario left the BDN in 2015.