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Republican Maine Governor Met With, Supported ‘Sovereign Citizens’ Who Called For Dems to be Executed

Maine Governor Paul LePage is denying a new book’s claims that he discussed executing the state’s Democratic leaders and “supported sovereign beliefs” when he met with a group of “sovereign citizens.”

According to the upcoming book “As Maine Went: Governor Paul LePage and the Tea Party Takeover of Maine” by Mike Tipping, the Republican Governor met with two “sovereign citizen” radio hosts and “talked about hanging as the punishment for high treason – which the broadcasters believed the Democratic lawmakers had committed.”

“LePage indulged and supported the sovereign’s beliefs,” Tipping writes in the book. “He allowed them to present a number of conspiracy theories, told them he agreed with their interpretation of state law, promised to publicize their beliefs, discussed with them the arrest and hanging of [House Speaker Mark] Eves and [Senate President Justin] Alfond.”

According to Tipping, the Governor “publicly endorsed several sovereign citizen beliefs they had discussed, including comparisons of the US Government to Nazi Germany, claims that wind power is a hoax, and describing the county sheriff as the highest law enforcement official.”

LePage has denied the accusations.

“I was never in the room where ‘execute’ was used,” LePage told the Bangor Daily News. “It never happened. We did not discuss execution, arrest, or hanging.”

Tipping says the governor met with the sovereign citizens “at least eight times in nine months.”

“I listened and listened and listened,” LePage said. “Some points they were making were reasonable and some were off-the-wall.”

Senate President Justin Alfond said, “LePage entertained their delusional thoughts and gave these people a voice.”

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