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Paul LePage

Maine governor calls failed impeachment effort 'foolishness'

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...