LePage again says he won’t run against Angus King, denies Trump asked him to

PORTLAND, MAINE -- 03/03/16 -- Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday at a campaign rally in Portland. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

LEWISTON (BDN) -- Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that despite a report this week by the Washington Post, he has ended consideration of a run for the U.S. Senate against independent incumbent Angus King.

During a campaign stop at Simones Restaurant in Lewiston on behalf of Lewiston mayoral candidate Shane Bouchard, LePage called the Washington Post’s report “fake news” and “vile” for the way it described him.

“I have not been approached by anyone,” said LePage of the reports that advisers to President Donald Trump were trying to convince him to run against King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats. “If I was considering running, I would discuss it with my family first and you would be the last to know.”

LePage dodged a question about whether his wife, Ann LePage, who has also been rumored as a possible Trump-backed Republican candidate against King, would enter the race.

“I like being married to her and we’re not going to talk about it anymore,” said LePage.

State Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn is the only declared Republican challenger to King at this time.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off