Augusta, Maine

LePage chastises Democrats who opposed recruiter bill

Governor Paul LePage of Maine has written letters to Democrats who voted against his bill aimed at ensuring that uniformed military recruiters get access to public schools. Opponents said the bill was unnecessary because federal law already ensures access for military recruiters. Representative Brian Hubbell of Bar Harbor told the Portland Press Herald that apparently all 45 Democrats who voted against the bill received handwritten notes. Representative Charles Priest of Brunswick, who was awarded a Bronze Star in Vietnam, said LePage wrote that he had not ‘‘seen or heard such disregard’’ for the military since the Vietnam era. Other lawmakers said LePage capitalized ‘‘WRONG’’ and ‘‘SHAME.’’ LePage’s spokeswoman said Sunday that he also wrote notes of thanks to Senate president Justin Alfond and House Speaker Mark Eves for supporting the military recruiter bill.