Critics of Maine Gov. Paul LePage failed to muster support for a vote Thursday on an independent investigation that could have led to impeachment for alleged abuse of power.
LePage responded by calling the impeachment effort "nonsense" and "foolishness."
A group led by Democratic Rep. Ben Chipman of Portland wanted to punish the brash and outspoken Republican governor for pressuring a charter school operator into rescinding a job offer to Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves.
But impeachment supporters were unable to overcome a Republican effort to indefinitely postpone discussion.
The Republican governor was defiant afterward, issuing a...