Maine's Republican Governor Paul LePage is at it again. First he told the NAACP to kiss his butt, then he said the worst thing the chemical compound BPA could do is give some women "little beards." Now, he's censoring art to appease anti-labor groups who are offended by the idea of workers' rights.
Today Maine newspapers are reporting that Gov. LePage wants this mural removed from the lobby of Maine's Department of Labor.
The Lewiston Sun Journal reports that LePage spokesman Dan Demeritt said some business owners thought the mural was hostile to business. A different spokesperson gave the Portland Press Herald a complaining fax from "A Secret Admirer":
In this mural I observed a figure which closely resembles the former commissioner of labor," the person wrote. "In studying the mural I also observed that this mural is nothing but propaganda to further the agenda of the Union movement. I felt for a moment that I was in communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the masses.
For what it's worth, the artist says her piece is meant to depict Maine's labor history. It's not hard to see why businesses wouldn't want to be reminded of events like a 1937 shoe mill strike or a 1986 paper mill workers' strike. Especially as right now Maine union workers are protesting a Republican bill that would make it harder for unions to collect dues.
Gov. LePage also reportedly wants to rename conference rooms like the "Cesar Chavez" room or the "Frances Perkins" room so as not to offend businesses. So he's planning a renaming contest!
I bet you guys could come up with some great suggestions!